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ERIC Number: EJ1009850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
“I Think They All Felt Distressed!” Talking about Complex Issues in Early Childhood
Bentley, Dana; Reppucci, Anthony
Childhood Education, v89 n1 p9-14 2013
The Thanksgiving Day holiday celebrated in the United States is generally traced to a first harvest celebration in the newly established Plymouth colony (present-day Massachusetts). Traditional storytelling describes the first Thanksgiving feast as having been attended by 53 Pilgrims (the European settlers) and 90 Native Americans. The holiday can bring up some very complex issues for discussion, however, when one considers the devastating effect of European colonization in North America on the indigenous societies. For teachers educated in the United States, "traditional" details of the Thanksgiving story frame our thinking from a very young age. This article presents discussions of Thanksgiving in a preschool class to show what becomes possible in early childhood classrooms when space is allowed for complexity, dialogue, multiple perspectives, and a divergence from the dominant, simple "happily ever afters" that are so often presented to young children. It represents a step in the direction of critical awareness and understanding from the perspectives of young children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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