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ERIC Number: EJ783343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Sociocultural Diversity and Literacy Teaching in Complex Times: The Challenges for Early Childhood Educators
Potter, Gillian
Childhood Education, v84 n2 p64 Win 2007
With globalization, increased mobility of families, and the resultant changes to the social and cultural profiles of many countries, early childhood education is in an exciting, challenging, and, in some ways, uncomfortable position. For many years, teachers have been influenced by developmentalists as they have tried to respond to the diverse needs of individual children. They have been concerned with planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum. While these goals are still important, teachers now face some harder questions in relation to children's sociocultural contexts and the many societal influences impinging on their lives and learning. Taking literacy learning and teaching in Australia as its focus, this article examines the complexities of the contemporary contexts of teaching, explores what teachers know about the challenges of responding to sociocultural diversity, and suggests some pedagogical responses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia