Ogletree, Quinita Implementing Multicultural Practices in Early Childhood Education.pdf

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NAEYC is also well known for the advancement of developmentally appropriate practices. The first version occurred in 1987. The second version states that NAEYC has a commitment to respect “the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague” (NAEYC, 1997, p.7). Also one of the principles of the NAEYC position statement is that “development and learning occur in and are influenced by multiple social and cultural contexts (NAEYC, 1997 p.12). NAEYC gone further by starting a program called “Engaging Diverse Families.” The goal of this project is to assist early childhood program in effectively connecting with diverse families. With the implementation of this program, NAEYC still acknowledges that early childhood programs are struggling to engage diverse families (Gonzalez-Mena, 2008; Halgunseth, Peterson, Stark, & Moodie, 2009). Lee and Johnson suggest (2007) that the three top child developmental theories (Piaget, psychoanalysis, and learning theories) are linear, universal, and individualistic. Therefore, they do not match with ideals of multicultural education or engaging diverse families. As such, early childhood educators need to evaluate the child development theories that have undergirded early childhood teaching techniques and strategies. Lee and Johnson (2007) also suggest using a systems perspective where learning takes place within contexts. Multicultural Education and Bank’s Five Dimensions of Multicultural Education Banks’ (2004) research support that a child’s racial attitudes can change but education must start early. Many early childhood theorists believe that developing kindness and compassion are a vital part of a child’s early development (Moore, 2004). Research has shown that by the age of three or four, construction of gender and racial identity has already started in a child (Araufo & Strasser, 2003; Ramsey, 2008). Moreover, early childhood programs are the perfect place to start multicultural education. Multicultural education is defined by many scholars. For the purpose of this paper, we will use Johnnie Mills’ (1984) definition and Christine Bennett’s definition (1990). According to Mills, multicultural education means a:
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QUINITA OGLETREE AND PATRICIA J. LAKE _____________________________________________________________________________________3 philosophy and a process by which schools and other institutions/workplaces demonstrate - in staffing patterns, curricula, instructional practices and school - community relations acceptance and respect for human diversity as a means of providing all children an equitable quality education in preparation for living in a culturally pluralistic society. Education systems must be cognizant of more than the skin colors, backgrounds and religious beliefs of people. Rather, they must educate to eliminate classism, racism, sexism, ageism, handicappism--and the more recently recognized ill, uglyism. (p.44) Bennett defines multicultural education as an approach to teaching and learning that is based on the democratic values and beliefs and that multicultural education seeks to foster cultural pluralism within culturally diverse societies at national and international levels. According to Bennett, multicultural education has four dimensions. They are a)
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