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Understanding Cultural Diversity in the Early Years
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Understanding Cultural Diversity in the Early Years



March 2010 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Taking the discussion about cultural diversity beyond the usual topics of anti-racism and inclusion but without overlooking these issues, this book considers current debates around the alleged failure of multiculturalism, and encourages practitioners to utilise their own cultural backgrounds and experiences as a way of developing their teaching.

With an optimistic outlook, and focusing on the advantages for learning that cultural diversity can offer, the book discusses the concepts of culture, multi-culturalism and inter-cultural competence, and describes the principles that underpin good practice. It is packed full of case studies from a variety of early years settings, with ideas to try out and interactive exercises to aid reflection.

Issues covered in the book include:

- addressing cultural diversity in staff meetings, and on short training courses

- planning a critical audit of your setting

- working with parents from a variety of cultural backgrounds

- how to explain diversity to young children

- the overwhelmingly white British setting

- settings where white British children are in the minority

- curriculum developments in different parts of the UK, post-devolution

Written for all early childhood students and early years practitioners, it is relevant to anyone interested in inclusion, society and global citizenship.

Peter Baldock has worked extensively in early years education as a teacher, in community development, in registration and inspection of early years services, and as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. His publications include three books on early years services, and he is actively involved in Sheffield's 0-19+ Partnership on behalf of the voluntary sector.

 
What Is Your Culture?
 
Multiculturalism and Its Alleged Failure
 
The Idea of Intercultural Competence
 
The Background to Daily Practice: Curriculum Guidance, Discussion with Interested Parties and Twinning with Settings Abroad
 
Daily Practice with the Children: Resources, Sources of Support, Festivals and Dealing with Prejudice
 
The Inclusion of Children from Minority Communities
 
The Overwhelmingly White British Setting
 
The Setting That Is Not Primarily White British
 
Conclusion
 
Appendix 1 - Resources and Further Reading
 
Appendix 2 - DEC(SY) and its Cultural Mentor Service

A refreshing perspective from this book - user friendly - a very useful text both for teaching and for student use.

Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, Portsmouth University
October 6, 2014

Great book, essential for all early years professionals

Mrs Claire York
Education , Nelson & Colne College
July 11, 2014

This is an excellent book that outlines the nature of culture, inclusion and multiculturalism. It also offers some exercises that allow students to rethink their practice in EY sector.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
July 1, 2014

I found this book to be very useful. Clear and easy to read and activities useful.

well presented book .

Miss Mehjabeen Shaukat
Teacher Education, Tameside College
May 2, 2014

This book is an easy read and provides essential information that our students can easily dip in and out of.
It covers a broad range of issues and theory which is easily understood and thought provoking.

Mrs Cindy Fincham
Early Years and Primary Education , Bracknell & Wokingham College
April 6, 2014

For the BA Education course

Dr Krishan Sood
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
December 12, 2013

Taking the discussion about cultural diversity beyond the usual topics of anti-racism and inclusion but without overlooking these issues, this book considers current debates around the alleged failure of multiculturalism, and encourages practitioners to utilise their own cultural backgrounds and experiences as a way of developing their teaching.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
November 22, 2013

A really good look at cultural diversity with some thought provoking topics - will be good to promoted discussion within lectures. Particularly liked the chapter entitled "the idea of intercultural competence"

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
October 11, 2013

A book that is very useful in teaching this subject. it is set out clealry and has some useful exercises to support learning. I will be recommending this to the learning centre and the students.

Mrs Sue Kinsella
Child Studies, York College
October 2, 2013

Worked very well in a module surrounding diversity. Great value to the lessons

Miss Fay Armstrong
Health and Enterprise, Newcastle College
May 21, 2013

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