ERIC Number: EJ720547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 10
Discussing Diverse Perspectives on Guidance
Gonzalez-Mena, Janet; Shareef, Intisar
Young Children, v60 n6 p34-38 Nov 2005
Ideas about discipline and guidance get extremely complex when they intersect with culture and oppression. Some groups of people who are targets of racism have to protect their children from the oppressive practices of racist individuals and institutions. Their methods of guidance and discipline may be different from those of groups for whom oppression is just a word. Ideas about what is best for children can vary greatly and be influenced by history and experience more than by culture alone. The authors of this paper recommend that, instead of taking sides, one should explore the many possibilities that exist. They suggest that when people disagree, they should not attempt a resolution until they understand all the perspectives that are different from their own. This can turn the situation into an opportunity to gain a broader view and learn something new. Changing the goal from outcome to process can change everything.
Descriptors: Guidance, Discipline, Counseling Techniques, Student Behavior, Cultural Differences, Cultural Awareness, Racial Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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