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ERIC Number: EJ1084422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
In the Eyes of the Beholder: Cultural Considerations in Interpreting Children's Behaviors
Friesen, Amber; Hanson, Marci; Martin, Katrina
Young Exceptional Children, v18 n4 p19-30 Dec 2015
Given the increasing diversity of families within the United States, early educators have many opportunities to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds. It is likely that these encounters will include children who, at first glance, exhibit behavior that educators may consider worrisome and "challenging." However, many child responses may be rooted in a family's cultural beliefs about children's social-emotional development. While commonly deemed problematic in early childhood settings, some child behavior may be encouraged and hold different meanings in that child's family and community. Using questions and strategies such as the ones described in this article may assist educators to effectively work with families in identifying concerns in a culturally-sensitive manner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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