ERIC Number: ED455972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Working with Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Families. ERIC Digest.
Bruns, Deborah A.; Corso, Robert M.
During the 1990s, there was heightened awareness among early childhood researchers of the need to examine efforts to provide programs and services responsive to the needs and preferences of families of young children from diverse cultural and linguistic groups. This Digest presents strategies supported by the research literature to enhance interactions with families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. After discussing issues involved in the development of relationships between professionals and the families they serve, the Digest suggests the following strategies for working with families: (1) respect the uniqueness of each family system; (2) develop a personalized relationship with families; (3) communicate in culturally appropriate ways; (4) recruit staff who view diversity as an asset; (5) create alliances with cultural guides; and (6) evaluate process and outcomes. (Contains 12 references.) (LPP)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Traits, Early Childhood Education, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Family History, Family Needs, Family School Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Structure, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.