Working with Young Children from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds

ISBN-10: 0766824063
ISBN-13: 9780766824065
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $127.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 11/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968

This exciting book offers an overview of the ways in which cultural differences influence young children's behavior, communication, and learning styles. It is a practical guide for early childhood professionals working in such settings as group child care, preschools, and Head Start programs. The book considers the major developmental domains of language and communication, social skills, and school readiness and emergent literacy. In addition, it provides examples of curriculum and instructional adaptations that can be used to accommodate children from diverse backgrounds.

Dr. M. Diane Klein is a speech and language pathologist, as well as a professor of early childhood special education. She is a member of various professional organizations including the Council on Exceptional Children, the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and the Division for Childhood Communication Disorders. She is a frequent lecturer at conventions and seminars and is the keynote speaker for the Southwest Los Angeles County Special Education Preschool Staff Development conference in April 2000.

Deborah Chen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Special Education, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), teaches in the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs. She also supervises ECSE credential candidates in early intervention and early childhood special education programs located in highly diverse communities in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. As an immigrant to the United States from Jamaica (West Indies) with Chinese roots, Dr. Chen has a personal and professional interest in working with families of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.Dr. Chen has extensive experience serving with families and their children with sensory impairments and multiple disabilities as an early interventionist, teacher, program administrator, teacher trainer, and researcher. She has directed projects of significance, model demonstration, outreach, research-to-practice, and personnel development projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education. These projects have focused on working with families and children of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, home-based early intervention, interdisciplinary training, caregiver-child interactions, and early communication and tactile communication strategies with children who are deaf-blind. Her publications reflect these professional efforts and interests.Dr. Chen has disseminated her work at local, state, national, and international conferences. In addition, she has been invited to conduct professional development courses and to present at international conferences in Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Qatar, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Cultural Diversity in Our Contemporary Society
Purpose of this Book
Overview
The Dimensions of Culture
Elements of Culture
Creating Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Environments
The Role of Early Childhood Education
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Developing a Program Philosophy
Multicultural Education Goals for Early Childhood Programs
Developing Cross-Cultural Competence
Developing an Awareness of Your Own Culture
Building a Relationship with Families
Understanding Cultural Differences in Family Child-Rearing Practices
Environmental/Socioeconomic Influences
The Influence of Racism
The Influence of Religion
Family Structure and Multiple Caregivers
Influence of "Collectivist" Views on Child-Rearing Practices
The Influence of Beliefs About the Nature of Childhood and How Children Learn
Profiles of Characteristic Child-Rearing Practices in Five Cultural Groups: Mainstream American Middle-Class; Traditional Asian; African American; Latino; and Native American
Cultural Influences on Young Children's Social Skills and Behaviors
Adult-Child Interactions
Peer Social Interactions
Strategies for Dealing with Differences in Children's Social Skills
Development of Ethnic Identity and Bias in Children
Strategies for Preventing the Development of Bias and Prejudice in Young Children
Teacher-Child Interaction Strategies
Cultural Influences on Communication Skills and Styles
Adult-Child Interaction
Language Functions
Children's Use of Narrative in Different Cultures
Cultural Influences on Classroom Communication
Children from Non-English Speaking Backgrounds
Facilitating Communication in the Classroom
School Readiness and Emergent Literacy
Emergent Literacy
Cultural Influences on Emergent Literacy
Social Aspects of School Readiness
Linking Home and School to Support Children's Social Identity
Parent Involvement in Schooling
Professional Development and Cultural Competence
The Process of Professional Development
Program Development
Relationship of Culturally Responsive Practices to Ethical Conduct
Early Childhood Professional Development: Self-Assessment in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Index

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