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ERIC Number: EJ799726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0312-5033
Making the Multicultural Learning Environment Flourish: The Importance of the Child-Teacher Relationship in Educating Young Children about Diversity
Vuckovic, Aleksandra
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v33 n1 p9-16 Mar 2008
In Australia multiculturalism and diversity are part of daily experience. In such a society, children grow up with diverse norms, traditions and role models and are expected to become open-minded and tolerant individuals. A key figure in children's lives will often be the teacher, one of the first significant role models they interact with outside the family. The special character of these dyadic relationships and the challenges faced by the teacher have not been emphasised sufficiently in the literature. Successfully catering for a multicultural group of young children requires reflection and understanding of one's own culture, as well as a sound knowledge of the children and their culture. This paper reviews the various factors teachers need to be mindful of when educating young children, and concludes by presenting a model illustrating how relationships work in the early childhood education setting. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia