Making the multicultural learning environment flourish

Acker, A 2008, 'Making the multicultural learning environment flourish', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 9-16.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Making the multicultural learning environment flourish
Author(s) Acker, A
Year 2008
Journal name Australian Journal of Early Childhood
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 9
End page 16
Total pages 8
Publisher Early Childhood Australia
Abstract In Australia multiculturalism and diversity are part of daily experience. In such a society, children grow up with diverse norms, traditions and role models and are expected to become open-minded and tolerant individuals. A key figure in children's lives will often be the teacher, one of the first significant role models they interact with outside the family. The special character of these dyadic relationships and the challenges faced by the teacher have not been emphasised sufficiently in the literature. Successfully catering for a multicultural group of young children requires reflection and understanding of one's own culture, as well as a sound knowledge of the children and their culture. This paper reviews the various factors teachers need to be mindful of when educating young children, and concludes by presenting a model illustrating how relationships work in the early childhood education setting.
Subject Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Keyword(s) Multiculturalism
diversity
relationships
early childhood
ISSN 0312-5033
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