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-deveolution.
Written for all early childhood students and early years practitioners, it is relevant to anyone interested in inclusion, society and global citizenship.
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About the Author
Peter Baldock 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 was actively involved in Sheffield's 0-19+ Partnership on behalf of the voluntary sector.
Table of Contents
About the author ix
1 What is Your Culture? 1
2 Multiculturalism and its Alleged Failure 12
3 The Idea of Intercultural Competence 31
4 The Background to Daily Practice: Curriculum Guidance, Discussion with Interested Parties and Twinning with Settings Abroad 48
5 Daily Practice with the Children: Resources, Sources of Support, Festivals and Dealing with Prejudice 62
6 The Inclusion of Children from Minority Communities 85
7 The Overwhelmingly White British Setting 100
8 The Setting that is Not Primarily White British 109
Appendix I Resources and Further Reading 124
Appendix II DEC(SY) and its Cultural Mentor Service 130
Author Index 138
Subject Index 140