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ERIC Number: EJ1001522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Knowledge of Multicultural Literature among Early Childhood Educators
Brinson, Sabrina A.
Multicultural Education, v19 n2 p30-33 Win 2012
In today's ever changing multicultural society, it is imperative for early childhood educators to be adept at facilitating the learning and progress of all children. In the United States, children of color make up about 40% of the population, and across the world children of color make up approximately 70% of the population. A primary goal in early childhood programs is to welcome and embrace the diversity of children and families in today's multicultural society. Therefore, early childhood educators need to hone their interpersonal skills, increase their knowledge about different cultures, and facilitate learning activities that compliment children from diverse populations. The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge of early childhood educators about multicultural literature for children. The author developed an instrument entitled "Survey of Multicultural Children's Literature" and administered it to preservice and inservice educators in Shelby County, Tennessee. A total of 113 early childhood educators completed the instrument; 33 were preservice teachers and 80 were inservice educators. The results of this study demonstrate a critical and comprehensive need for professional development for preservice and inservice early childhood educators to increase their knowledge about culturally-specific and multicultural literature. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee