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Understanding Cultural Diversity in the Early Years

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
Appendix 1 - Resources and Further Reading
Appendix 2 - DEC(SY) and its Cultural Mentor Service

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

Excellent resource for a vital subject.

This is a Core subject and also links to numerous mandatory and optional units.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
March 7, 2012

This text is valuable to support students to understand the meaning of cultural diversity and how it impacts on practice. Easy to follow and very useful as a lecturer providing current practice knowledge in relation to this ever changing topic.

Mrs Andrea Morgans
General Education, Cardiff and Vale College
December 15, 2011

Essential reading for the equality, diversity and inclusion module on the early childhood studies programme.

Mrs Su Steed
Education and Professsional Development, Doncaster University Centre
October 1, 2011

Our 'Diversity and Inclusion' module delivery was certainly enhanced by having access to this text. The geographical areas in which most of our students work tend not be very diverse in terms of culutre and Baldock's book was useful in helping them frame some of the issues and arguments that previous programmes of study had not crystallized particularly well and it helped set a framework for moving on ideas about diversity beyond their often 'black-white' dichotomy.

Intercultural competence was used as a measure in many students investigations of their settings' working practices and the 'daily practice' chapters helped them to think about markers to analyse this practice and suggest how to move it on.

In all, a very welcome addition to the bookshelf and a strong suggestion for a revised module reading list.

Mr Philip Marshall
HE- Child Care, Bishop Auckland College
March 22, 2011

This will now be the set book for this module. A really good book with a useful range of activities and discussion points.

Mrs Sue Webster
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
March 13, 2011

This is a clear easy to read book with excellent in class activities. This can be used with a wide range of students at all levels. The book also contains a useful resources and futher reading section.

Miss Danielle Chavrimootoo
Department Education, Bradford College
March 13, 2011

Very good book, essential reading for FD Early years

Mrs Sarah Adnams
Higher Education, Lowestoft College
October 14, 2010

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