This course covers culturally responsive care and education in early childhood settings. It includes the study of socio-cultural issues as they vary across the diverse cultures represented in the classroom and as they impact a child’s development. Included are strategies for helping children negotiate and resolve conflicts caused by cultural differences, with a focus on using an anti-bias approach in the classroom.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- compose rationale and goals for a multicultural, anti-bias early childhood program.
- distinguish stereotypic and biased classroom materials and environments.
- assess his/her own cultural background and upbringing and identify how this experience impacts personal perceptions of others.
- construct multicultural curriculum that promotes understanding of diversity and elimination of stereotypic themes.
- examine how children develop an awareness of differences and how prejudice is formed in the early years.
- identify ways in which cultural and family patterns affect children’s behavior and learning.
- implement care-giving techniques and problem-resolution practices that respond to the diversity of cultures represented in a program, including differences in race, gender roles, socio-economic status, abilities and disabilities, and family structure.
- describe various techniques teachers can use when responding to children’s developing discriminatory behaviors.