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ERIC Number: EJ898682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Toward More Just Classroom Practices
Young Children, v65 n1 p88-89 Jan 2010
To address issues of equity with young children, early childhood educators must become interventionists. They must reconsider how they interact with children to identify the subtle ways that power structures classroom life and shapes children's identities. It is important to attend to the materials in the classroom to ensure that they are representative of multiple perspectives and offer children opportunities to rethink assumptions. Early childhood teaching for equity and social justice relies on two pedagogical approaches: (1) "culturally relevant teaching," which addresses equity more broadly; and (2) "critical pedagogy," which focuses on the educational experience of students from particular marginalized groups. In considering how to develop equity pedagogy for one's classroom, first identify the needs of the children. To develop the skills to engage all children in discussions about injustice and difference, it is often easiest to begin with the issues experienced by the children in the classroom. This article presents some actions to consider.
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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