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ERIC Number: EJ794865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Teaching Children At-Risk : An American Preschool Teacher's Folk Psychology and Folk Pedagogy
Lee, Kyunghwa; Walsh, Daniel J.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v2 n3 p229-246 2004
This article examines how an American preschool teacher's practice and her views of her practice for children considered at-risk for later academic failure are constrained by her cultural contexts. The research is framed by a cultural psychology and draws on an 18-month ethnographic and interpretive biographic study of Anita, an experienced preschool teacher. Anita emphasized: providing a controlled and predictable environment; helping children succeed in kindergarten; and promoting children's ability to take care of themselves. Her practice and her discussion on her practice reflected European-American cultural beliefs about the independent self. We discuss how these cultural beliefs both enhance and restrict the teacher's views of children from underprivileged families and of their development. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A