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ERIC Number: EJ939109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Early Childhood Interventions in Culturally Diverse Societies: Three Metaphors in the Making
Mansbach-Kleinfel, Ivonne; Roer-Strier, Dorit
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v12 n1 p29-42 2004
Culturally sensitive interventions in early childhood education are needed in societies in which immigrants have joined indigenous populations and where people with different national, ethnic or religious identities have created new communities. Although a theoretical framework for culturally sensitive research into child development exists, the translation of such perspectives into the practice of early childhood education remains a great challenge. This paper attempts to link the application of different intervention models and theoretical orientations regarding child development to changing social and educational policies in Israel. It focuses on the shift that has occurred in some early childhood settings from a universalistic paradigm of intervention to a more pluralistic paradigm. As well, it suggests a typology, illustrated by three metaphors--"The Colouring Book", "The Family Album" and "The Thousand and One Voices"--to describe the ways in which cultural diversity is currently dealt with in early childhood interventions in Israel. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel