Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World: Multicultural Education for Young Children

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-10-04
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr
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This classic text continues to define what multicultural education means in all kinds of settings: "The Third Edition includes activities to challenge children's assumptions on: Racial Bias, Social Class and Consumerism, Perspectives on Cultures and the Natural World, Gender and Sexual Orientation, and Abilities and Disabilities.

Author Biography

Patricia G. Ramsey is Professor of Psychology and Education and Director of Gorse Child Study Center at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Multicultural Schools and Classrooms
Growing Up in a World of Contradictions and Injustices: A Multicultural Responsep. 3
Purpose, Trends, and Scope of Multicultural Educationp. 6
Multicultural Goals for Childrenp. 10
Families and Schools Working Togetherp. 12
How Do We Talk About Multicultural Issues?p. 13
We Are All Learningp. 16
How Adults Can Identify and Challenge Their Assumptionsp. 19
How Children Learn About Their Worldsp. 26
Creating Caring and Critical Communitiesp. 43
Creating Caring and Critical Communities Among Adultsp. 45
Creating Caring and Critical Classroom Communitiesp. 53
Contexts of Learning
The Context of Racep. 69
Reflections on Racep. 69
Growing Up in a Racially Divided Societyp. 69
Children's Responses to Racep. 77
How to Learn What Children Know, Think, and Feel About Racep. 84
Activities to Challenge Racial Biasp. 85
The Economic Context: Social Class and Consumerismp. 87
Reflections on Social Classp. 87
Socioeconomic Divisions in the United Statesp. 88
Growing Up Poorp. 89
Children's Awareness and Feelings About Social Class Differencesp. 94
Reflections on Consumerismp. 96
Living in a Consumerist Societyp. 97
Children's Understanding of Consumerismp. 98
How to Learn What Children Know, Think, and Feel About Social Class and Consumerismp. 100
Activities to Challenge Assumptions About Social Class and Consumerismp. 101
The Context of Culturep. 104
Reflections on Cultural Influencesp. 104
Reflections Relating to the Natural Environmentp. 106
Cultural Influences on Children's Developmentp. 109
Cultural and Linguistic Discontinuityp. 110
Children's Understanding of Culturep. 114
How to Learn What Children Know, Think, and Feel About Culturep. 116
Children's Understanding of the Natural Environmentp. 117
How to Learn What Children Know, Think, and Feel About the Natural Environmentp. 120
Activities to Challenge Assumptions and Broaden Perspectives About Cultures and the Natural Worldp. 120
The Context of Gender and Sexual Orientationp. 125
Reflections on Gender Identification and Rolesp. 125
Growing Up in a Gendered Worldp. 126
Children's Responses to Gender Differencesp. 128
Reflections on Sexual Orientationp. 131
Growing Up in a Heterosexist Worldp. 133
Dilemmas of Gay and Lesbian Parentsp. 134
Children's Understanding of Sexual Orientationp. 135
How to Learn What Children Know, Think, and Feel About Gender and Sexual Orientationp. 136
Activities to Challenge Children's Assumptions About Gender and Sexual Orientationp. 138
The Context of Abilities and Disabilitiesp. 141
Reflections on Abilities and Disabilitiesp. 141
Growing Up in an "Abled" Worldp. 142
Social Integration of Children with Disabilitiesp. 145
Children's Knowledge and Feelings Related to Abilities and Disabilitiesp. 148
How to Learn What Children Know, Think, and Feel About Abilities and Disabilitiesp. 150
Activities to Challenge Children's Assumptions About Abilities and Disabilitiesp. 151
A Vision of the Future
A Day at Wilson Street Schoolp. 157
Suggested Books for Childrenp. 169
Referencesp. 181
Indexp. 201
About the Authorp. 217
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