Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms Issues, Concepts, and Strategies

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TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN IN MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOMS: ISSUES, CONCEPTS, AND STRATEGIES, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive text on the historical, theoretical, political, and sociological aspects of multicultural education as it relates to young children. The text provides practical guidelines, curriculum suggestions, and techniques for use in the classroom. This third edition includes updated content on demographics, children with special needs, and children's book lists. Readers will also follow Barbara, a kindergarten teacher, through the chapters to see how she handles the dilemmas and issues that arise in her day-to-day work. In addition to being a text for those studying to become early childhood teachers, TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN IN MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOMS: ISSUES, CONCEPTS, AND STRATEGIES, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive resource for all practicing professionals who work with young children on a daily basis.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Foundations for Multicultural Education in Today's Early Childhood Classrooms
Facing the Reality of Diversity: The Intricate Nature of Our Society
The United States-A Nation of Contrastsp. 4
School-The Place of Diversity and Actionp. 5
How Did We Become a Culturally Diverse Society?p. 7
The United States: A Kaleidoscope of Peoplep. 29
Pondering What We Have Examinedp. 31
A Call for Actionp. 32
Creating Your Standards Portfoliop. 35
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 37
Things to Do ...p. 37
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 38
Your Standards Portfoliop. 39
Referencesp. 39
The Nature of Culture, the Nature of People
Culture, the Magic Web of Lifep. 44
Discovering the Cultures of Childrenp. 51
A Myriad of Cultural Identities: The Essence of Cultural Diversityp. 56
Talking About Race and Ethnicityp. 61
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 74
Things to Do ...p. 75
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 75
Your Standards Portfoliop. 75
Referencesp. 76
Families in Our Classrooms: Many Ways, Many Voices
Families-A Constant in Our Changing Societyp. 80
What Is a Family?p. 80
Culture and the Familyp. 87
Diversity in Child-Rearing Practicesp. 92
The Family Structurep. 94
Working with Diverse Families: Challenges and Opportunitiesp. 103
Family Diversity: Implications for Teachersp. 105
Successful Familiesp. 105
The Family-The Most Important Element in Our Livesp. 108
Our Classrooms, the Mirror of the Children's Familiesp. 109
Families-The Essence of Social and Cultural Lifep. 112
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 113
Things to Do ...p. 113
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 114
Your Standards Portfoliop. 114
Referencesp. 115
Who Is the Child? Developmental Characteristics of Young Children in a Diverse Society
Looking at Children: So Alike and Yet So Differentp. 120
Development: The Process of Becomingp. 121
Socialization: Learning to Be with Others, Learning to Be Ourselvesp. 130
Discovering That You Are Not Like Mep. 137
Knowing the Childp. 153
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 153
Things to Do ...p. 153
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 154
Your Standards Portfoliop. 154
Referencesp. 155
Exploring the Roots of Multicultural Education: Issues and Directions
Everything Started When ... Tracing the Beginnings of Multicultural Education
Setting the Stage: We Believe in Childrenp. 160
In Search of Educational Equalityp. 161
Looking Back Through Timep. 162
A Time Line for Multicultural Educationp. 163
The Road to Multicultural Educationp. 172
The Birth of Multicultural Educationp. 177
The Road Is Finally Laidp. 188
Moving Aheadp. 188
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 189
Things to Do ...p. 190
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 190
Your Standards Portfoliop. 191
Referencesp. 191
Approaches to Multicultural Education: Ways and Designs for Classroom Implementation
Time for Decisionsp. 196
Why Engage in Educational Reform?p. 196
Getting to Workp. 197
Exploring Approaches and Modelsp. 198
Models of Multicultural Educationp. 201
Early Childhood Multicultural Approachesp. 226
Reflecting on the Approaches for Multicultural Educationp. 233
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 233
Things to Do ...p. 234
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 234
Your Standards Portfoliop. 235
Referencesp. 235
Into Action: Implementing a Culturally Appropriate Program for All Children
The Classroom, Where Words Become Action
Reaffirming the Decision to Teach Multiculturallyp. 240
Teachers Are the Key to Successful Multicultural Educationp. 242
Why Planning Is So Importantp. 247
Knowing Your Programp. 247
What Is Curriculum Content in Early Childhood Education?p. 255
Standards for Teaching in Diverse Classroomsp. 259
Making Decisions: What Is Best for Multicultural Teaching?p. 260
Putting Things Togetherp. 274
Setting Directionsp. 274
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 275
Things to Do ...p. 275
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 275
Your Standards Portfoliop. 276
Referencesp. 276
Preparing to Bring Ideas into Action
A Time for Ideas: Planning for Multicultural Teachingp. 280
Designing a Child-Centered Curriculump. 286
Focus on the Environmentp. 292
Establishing the Contentp. 295
Assessment in Multicultural Classroomsp. 301
Putting Everything Togetherp. 304
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 309
Things to Do ...p. 309
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 310
Your Standards Portfoliop. 310
Referencesp. 311
Activities and Resources for Multicultural Teaching: A World of Possibilities!
Building a Classroom for Our Multicultural Societyp. 314
Making the Best Use of Teaching Environmentsp. 318
A Classroom for Teaching and Learning About Diversityp. 319
What We Find in the Classroomp. 320
Guidelines for a Multicultural Classroom Environmentp. 322
Preparing to Design Activities for the Classroom-Ideas in Actionp. 347
The Stage Is Set!p. 361
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 361
Things to Do ...p. 362
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 362
Your Standards Portfoliop. 363
Referencesp. 363
A World of Resources: Engaging Families, Friends, and the Community
Working Together: The Essence of a Child's Successp. 368
Changing Communities, Changing Realitiesp. 368
Defining Family Involvementp. 370
At Home: Where the Self Begins, Where We Becomep. 378
The School Neighborhood and the Communityp. 391
Communication: The Road to Positive Relationshipsp. 397
Ideas for Planning Activities with Familiesp. 405
What Lies Ahead?p. 409
Before We End, a Word to the Readerp. 409
What We Have Learned-Chapter Summaryp. 410
Things to Do ...p. 410
Recommended Internet Resourcesp. 410
Your Standards Portfoliop. 411
Organizations and Advocates for Parents and Familiesp. 411
Referencesp. 413
Recommended List of Selected Multicultural Children's Booksp. 415
Organizations That Support Multiculturalism and Diversityp. 420
Developing Multicultural Awareness: Sample Activitiesp. 422
Island Stick Puppetsp. 426
Planning for Cultural Diversity: Developing a Class Profilep. 427
Glossaryp. 429
Indexp. 435
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