Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: A Guide for Working with Children and Their Families / Edition 4

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Overview

As the U.S. population grows more and more diverse, how can professionals who work with young children and families deliver the best services while honoring different customs, beliefs, and values? The answers are in the fourth edition of this bestselling textbook, fully revised to reflect nearly a decade of population changes and best practices in culturally competent service delivery. The gold-standard text on cross-cultural competence, this book has been widely adopted by college faculty and trusted as a reference by in-service practitioners for almost 20 years. For this timely NEW edition (see box), the highly regarded authors have carefully updated and expanded every chapter while retaining the basic approach and structure that made the previous editions so popular. Professionals will
• Get a primer on cultural competence. Readers will examine how their own cultural values and beliefs shape their professional practice, how the worldviews of diverse families may affect their perceptions of programs and services, and how providers can communicate more effectively with families from different cultural backgrounds.
• Deepen their understanding of cultural groups. Learn from in-depth chapters with nuanced, multifaceted explorations of nine different cultural backgrounds: Anglo-European, American Indian, African American, Latino, Asian, Filipino, Native Hawaiian and Samoan, Middle Eastern, and South Asian. Readers will get up-to-date insights on history, demographics, traditions, values, and family structure, and they'll examine the diverse ways each culture approaches child rearing, medical care, education, and disability.
• Discover better ways to serve families. Readers will get concrete recommendations for providing more effective, sensitive, and culturally competent services to children and families. They'll find practical guidance for every step in the service delivery process, from initiating contact with families to implementi
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Editorial Reviews

Purdue University - Karen E. Diamond
"An invaluable resource for students and practitioners . . . one that I would recommend to colleagues teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education and intervention."
Former Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri-Columbia; author and consultant - Linda M. Espinosa
"Updated examples help to clearly position this book in the complexities of the 21st century. This text should be required reading . . . we all need to deepen our understandings of the role of culture in our professional lives."
Assistant Professor, Special Education & Rehabilitation, Utah State University - Lillian K. Durán
"Avoids stereotyping, while at the same time providing a much needed window into common beliefs and perceptions that may be held by a diverse range of families. From intake through service delivery this volume will serve as invaluable guide to helping practitioners build strong and respectful relationships with the families and children they serve."
Midwest Book Review Education Shelf
"Any educator's collection strong in multicultural interactions will find this a winning guide pairing case stories with discussions of applied cultural competence."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598571639
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 568
  • Sales rank: 137,775
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

For nearly 35 years, Dr. Lynch was involved in teaching, research, and community and family services that focused on improving the lives of young children who had, or were at risk for, disabilities. Prior to joining the faculty at San Diego State University (SDSU), Dr. Lynch received her doctorate in teaching exceptional children in 1972 from The Ohio State University and joined the faculty of Miami University. She subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, working in both academic and clinical positions.

Dr. Lynch became Professor Emerita at SDSU after chairing the Department of Special Education, directing the Early Childhood Special Education graduate program, and serving on the faculty of the SDSU–Claremont Graduate University joint doctoral program. Over the course of her career, Dr. Lynch directed a model demonstration project and personnel preparation grants in early intervention and early childhood special education as well as a series of research grants on topics such as parental perspectives on special education, the status of educational services for children with ongoing medical conditions, individualized family service plan development, and the use of behavioral data and reflective practice to improve novice teachers' skills.

Dr. Lynch has served on numerous local and statewide committees and was one of the national collaborators on the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Early Childhood Research Institute. Most recently, she served as one of the Regional Coordinators of the federally funded Early Intervention Distance Learning Program, a collaborative project involving five California state universities and state partners. In 2003, she was honored by SDSU as one of the Top 25 on the campus and as the Outstanding Faculty Member from the College of Education. Dr. Lynch has lived in and taught special education to college instructors in Indonesia, taught human services professionals in American Samoa, given invited presentations in Australia and Taiwan, and lived in India while her husband served on a U.S. Agency for International Development project. She is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and chapters and has been a frequent presenter and workshop leader in the area of cultural competence.

Dr. Lynch continues to write in the area of early intervention and cultural competence. Her commitment to family support and social justice continues through her volunteer work within the San Diego community.

Marci J. Hanson, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, Dr. Hanson is actively engaged in teaching, research, and service related to young children and their families. In addition to these responsibilities, she directs the SFSU joint doctoral program in special education with the University of
California, Berkeley, and codirects the early childhood special education graduate program. She is a consultant with the child and adolescent development faculty of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of
Children, Youth, and Families at SFSU and with San Francisco Head Start.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Ethnic, cultural, and language diversity in service settings 3
Ch. 2 Conceptual framework : from culture shock to cultural learning 19
Ch. 3 Developing cross-cultural competence 41
Ch. 4 Families with Anglo-European roots 81
Ch. 5 Families with American Indian roots 109
Ch. 6 Families with, African American roots 141
Ch. 7 Families with Latino roots 179
Ch. 8 Families with Asian roots 219
Ch. 9 Families with Pilipino roots 299
Ch. 10 Families with native Hawaiian and Samoan roots 345
Ch. 11 Families with Middle Eastern roots 373
Ch. 12 Families with South Asian roots 415
Postlude : children of many songs 441
Ch. 13 Steps in the right direction : implications for service providers 449
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