ECE 430

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    • Program Contact: Liberal Studies for Elementary Teachers
    • Coordinator: Staff Resource Center

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.