ERIC Number: ED441598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Saris & Skirts: Gender Equity and Multiculturalism.
AECA Research in Practice Series, v6 n4 1999
Staff members working in early childhood services have enormous potential to influence young children's developing attitudes toward cultural diversity and gender equity. This issue of the Australian Early Childhood Association Research in Practice Series focuses on how early childhood staff can work productively through the challenges of achieving gender equity in a culturally and ethnically diverse country such as Australia. The booklet presents three common equity dilemmas and, through guiding questions, invites reflections upon the gender equity and multicultural issues involved. The booklet discusses the reasons these dilemmas occur, including assumptions of consensus that homogenize the culture and the problem of cultural entrapment. The booklet presents suggestions for overcoming the assumptions that gender issues are a problem only for non-Anglo-Australian cultures, including seeking gender/culture connections, examining how these connections are presented to children, focusing on showing children the breadth and complexity of different ways in which gender is constructed, and recognizing gender problems in all cultures. The booklet also discusses ways early childhood practitioners can work respectfully with parents across cultural boundaries. The booklet concludes with the statement that working on gender issues within and between cultures can enrich practitioners' lives and their professional work with children. (Contains 31 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Caregiver Attitudes, Change Strategies, Childhood Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Culturally Relevant Education, Early Childhood Education, Feminism, Foreign Countries, Gender Issues, Multicultural Education, Preschool Curriculum, Sex Bias, Sex Fairness, Sex Stereotypes, Teacher Attitudes, Young Children
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, ACT 2602, Australia ($9.95 Australian dollars). Tel: 02-6241-6900; Fax: 02-6241-5547; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.aeca.org.au.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers - Location: Australia