Confronting Our Discomfort: Clearing the Way for Anti-Bias in Early Childhood / Edition 1

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How do our own attitudes get in the way of anti-bias in the classroom? In this practical resource, Tamar Jacobson provides a framework for early childhood teachers and education professors to confront this issue head on.

And she knows whereof she speaks. Growing up Jewish in the former colony of Rhodesia, Jacobson is in a unique position to challenge us with her disquiet, move us with her perspective, and change our ideas. What's more, she guides us along the tricky path towards an anti-bias curriculum-showing us how to see our own shortcomings, stop the perpetuation of negatives, and clear the way for children to gain a greater understanding of the world and its possibilities.

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“Confronting Our Discomfort is both practical and visionary . . . And maybe best of all, its fascinating with all the personal stories, examples, and quotes. I couldnt put it down!”–Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Author of Multicultural Issues in Child Care

“I urge all educators who desire to create anti-bias/multicultural programs to run to their nearest computer to purchase [this book] and then actively use it with themselves and the other adults with whom they work.”–Louise Derman-Sparks, Pacific Oaks College, Author of Anti-Bias Curriculum

“Tamar Jacobson invites us to look more deeply into our own hearts and minds, to engage in the sometimes troubling, sometimes exhilarating soul work that will allow us to become better teachers.”–William Ayers, U of Illinois at Chicago, Author of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325005690
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/13/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Jacobson, Ph.D. is the Director of the University at Buffalo Child Care Center. She has worked in the field of early care and education for the past 25 years as a preschool/kindergarten teacher, teacher educator, and family counselor. She teaches courses on child development and the anti-bias curriculum and presents widely on the local, state, and national levels. A recipient of the Director of the Year Award 2003 from the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers, she has also served on the Professional Development Panel of NAEYC.
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Table of Contents

1 What We Do Matters 1
2 Reflections on Bias 22
3 Confronting Our Discomfort: Clearing the Way 40
4 In and Out of Confidence 66
5 How to Set Up a Support-Supervision Group 88
6 Courage and Compassion 115
References 137
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005


    Every teacher, no matter the grade level taught, should read this book. At least parts of it will be required reading for my multicultural children's literature class from now on.

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