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Young Learners, Diverse Children

Young Learners, Diverse Children
Celebrating Diversity in Early Childhood

Edited by:

Foreword by Eugene E. García

December 2009 | 248 pages | Corwin
Written as a guide for early childhood teachers, this book provides a model for meeting the educational needs of diverse, low socioeconomic status (SES), young children in Pre-K through Grade 3.This book offers a unique educational perspective that interfaces cognition, language, and culture; provides lesson plans and classroom-based alternative assessment tools that meet pedagogical and accountability purposes; and integrates standards across developmental levels and content areas. Using her experience in establishing a successful school laboratory for diverse preschoolers, the author presents real-life stories of early childhood teachers and their diverse young learners and parents as case studies and examples of best teaching practices.Young Learners, Diverse Children endorses an integrational and pluralistic approach to the linguistic and cultural adaptation of young diverse students and their families, in which they can maintain their diversity while assimilating into the American culture. This engaging, inspirational, and practical handbook helps teachers solve real-life challenges as they teach and facilitate learning for diverse young children and build partnerships with their families.
Lists of Figures and Tables
Foreword by Eugene E. Garcia
Preface: A Letter to the Reader
About the Author
Part I. Ethnic-Educator Philosophical and Theoretical Framework
1. The Ethnic-Educator Philosophy
Examples of Principle 1

Examples of Principle 2

Examples of Principle 3

Examples of Principle 4

2. The Ethnic-Educator Pedagogical Model
How Teachers' Personalities Affect Their Assessment and Instructional Decisions

A Socioconstructivistic Pedagogical Model Supporting the Ethnic-Educator Approach

The Four Pedagogical Principles for Learning and Academic Achievement

Part II. Educational Applications of the Ethnic-Educator Approach
3. Teaching Strategies
Strategies Supporting the Ethnic-Educator Approach

First Cluster of Pedagogical Strategies: Thematic Curriculums

First Cluster of Pedagogical Strategies: Holistic Developmental Curriculums

Second Cluster of Pedagogical Strategies: Stimulating Critical-Thinking Skills

Second and Third Clusters of Pedagogical Strategies: A Pluralistic Pedagogy Stimulating Connections to Prior Sociocultural Knowledge and Real-life Experiences

Fourth Cluster of Pedagogical Strategies: An Advocacy Position for Teachers

Suggestions for Applying the Strategies

4. Linking the Teaching Strategies With Academic Content Standards
Linking Assessment to Instruction Through Classroom-Based Observations

Instructional Purposes of Assessment

Integration of Teaching Principles With TESOL Academic Content Standards in the Curriculum

Linking Assessment to Instruction Through Classroom-Based Observations

5. Developmental Tasks for Linking Assessment to Instruction
Case Study Introducing Individual Developmental Tasks

Discussion of Paula's Overall Performance Across Developmental Tasks

6. Storytelling
Research-Based Knowledge Supporting Storytelling as an Alternative Assessment

Storytelling as an Assessment Method of First- and Second-Language and Cognitive Development

Developmental Stages of Narrative and Semantic Development in Children

Socioconstructivist Perspective for Language Development

Sociocultural Perspective for Language Development

Application of Research-Based Knowledge to Actual Assessment Strategies

Recommended Strategies for Clustering Coding of Responses

Four Recommended Strategies for Interpreting Evaluation Results


7. Alternative Reading Instruction

Theoretical Framework Supporting Reading Instruction in Young, Diverse Children

Guided-Reading Approach for Developing Reading-Comprehension Skills

Application of the Guided-Reading Approach

Application of the Schema Theory

Repetition and Practice Make Perfect

Activities for Increasing Reading Abilities

Family Involvement for Increasing Reading Skills

Bridging the Gap Between School and Home Cultures Through Parental Participation


8. Conclusions and Recommendations for Educating Diverse Young Children
Introduction: The BPDC as a Learning Context

Interviews With Teachers Participating in the BPDC Project

Interviews With Diverse and Mainstream Parents Participating in the BPDC Project

Overall Conclusions

Appendix A. Alignment of Philosophical and Pedagogical Principles and Pedagogical Strategies Endorsed by the Ethnic-Educator Approach for Young, Diverse Children

"This book guides the reader in delivering developmentally appropriate instruction that supports the whole child and facilitates learning and academic achievement. The very detailed case study in Chapter 5 shows how assessment can be administered and how it links with instruction and documenting developmental growth."

Yolanda Abel, Instructor
Johns Hopkins University

"A resource on this up-and-coming issue hasn’t been available up to this point. It takes a detailed, research-based look at a diverse population of children across the country and can be used by classroom teachers, school divisions, and colleges.”

Katina Keener, Second-Grade Teacher
T.C. Walker Elementary School, Gloucester, VA

“This book provides many real-life examples and strategies that have worked for a practicing teacher, from implementing an appropriate curriculum to including the family in discussions about their child’s education. The charts at the end of the chapters really help the reader synthesize all of the information.”

Danielle Waldrep Rich, Assistant Professor and Clinical Supervisor
University of Montevallo

"An extremely valuable resource for early child educators of young diverse children. Not only does the book include alternate forms of instruction for diverse young children, but it also provides alternative forms of assessment. The ethnic educator philosophy endorsed by the book is one that can be applied to any classroom setting. All early childhood teachers, whether they have been teaching for twenty years or are just beginning their career, should read this book."

Lauren Sand, Assistant Preschool Teacher
Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center, Reading, OH

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ISBN: 9781412968140