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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 number of students used this text during the course. One commented 'it's very useful especially the chapter on multiculturalism' . I used it to help students debate the inclusion/exclusion of Whilte British children and families. I would recommend this book again.

Ms Micky LeVoguer
Early Childhood Studies Scheme, London Metropolitan University
September 14, 2010

Readily accessible, clear layout

Mrs Fiona Hunter
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
August 25, 2010

This book is clearly laid out and written and gives helpful exercises for students. It is pitched at the appropriate level for students and is wideranging in content.
Thank you

Mrs Rosie Walker
Institute of education, Worcester University
August 18, 2010

The book is very focused on the UK, so it's not really suitable for use in Ireland. Many of the examples re: White Britishness and the profiles of the other cultural groups aren't so readily applicable in Ireland.

Ms Isolde Gavin
Nursing & Health Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology
June 17, 2010

This is an accessible text that supports the students undestanding and learning.

Mrs Zenna Kingdon
Education , College of St Mark and St John
May 10, 2010

Lots of very practical examples. This is an area that many students develop an independent interest in and this will be ideal to direct the students to.

Dr Carla Solvason
Centre for Early Childhood, Worcester University
May 7, 2010

A useful book that is easy to read. I particularly liked the exercises within the chapters.

Mrs Lynne Kendall
Education , Liverpool John Moores University
May 5, 2010

Interesting book with good background information in the preface. Good chapter entitled"What is your culture?" exploring what it means to be English. Clear argument and counterargument on the success or failure of multiculturism. Also useful for module on inclusion.

Mrs Pamela Egan-Wyer
Teacher Training, Bromley College of FE & HE
May 5, 2010

I particularly like the way that the author identifies and addresses pertinent issues and misunderstandings head on- it's refreshing, and, I think, necessary to begin to get student's to think carefully about living and working within a diverse society

Dr Sally Neaum
SSSL, Teesside University
April 22, 2010

excellent resource for students studying in their first undergraduate year - especially when considering the aspect of diversity within an eaarly years environment. Particularly useful when using as a comparison to their work with parents as well

Mrs Penny Yates
School Of Education, Portsmouth University
April 16, 2010

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Chapter One


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