ERIC Number: EJ894280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
History Matters: United States Policy and Indigenous Early Childhood Intervention
Niles, Michael D.; Byers, Lisa G.
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v9 n3 p191?201 2008
This article discusses the degree to which early childhood practitioners in the United States attend to cultural differences and social injustice in their pedagogy, with a particular reference to indigenous peoples. The article has three major sections. The first describes an indigenous perspective regarding "improvement" and "quality" with respect to early childhood programs. Included is a review of United States policy developments regarding indigenous peoples (including an examination of relevant aspects of the Bureau of Indian Affairs) and a discussion of the impact of those policies on indigenous families. The second section discusses the impact of contemporary early childhood policies and practices on indigenous communities. The third section is a review of the dominant research literature and theoretical beliefs.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, American Indians, Young Children, Educational Research, United States History, Preschool Teachers, Cultural Differences, Social Justice, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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