Cultural Diversity

Defining Culture

Author: Judith Colbert, PHD

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Foundation

In an age of migration, global travel and instant communication anywhere in the world, people from diverse cultures are meeting and interacting with each other as never before. In such an age, understanding culture takes on new significance and  as an educator, you are expected to show leadership and model  practices that will help prepare all young children to participate in the society, now and in the future.

Play in a Multi-Cultural Context

Author: Maya Goldstein, MA

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Enhanced

While children’s play occurs universally, there are patterns and characteristics that vary among and within cultures. Professionals who work with multi-cultural families need to be aware of and able to engage in discussions that serve to increase mutual understanding.The objective of this learning module is to present different perceptions regarding play and development that are relevant to professionals who work in multicultural settings and create a dialogue about play as a universal and culturally-based activity

Introducing The Settlement of Newcomer Children

Author: Judith Colbert, PHD

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Foundation

In a world of increasing global migration, understanding the settlement process is of growing significance. Before exploring that process in more detail, it is important to set the stage for your exploration of settlement by becoming more familiar with the effects of migration in the community where you live and work and by understanding as much as possible about migration experiences within your own family.

Quality Indicators in Programs for Children from Diverse Cultures

Author: Judith Colbert, PHD

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Enhanced

Agreeing on an understanding of quality is especially challenging for educators working with children and families with diverse cultural backgrounds. Because of their difficulty defining quality, most researchers decide to focus on characteristics or elements that distinguish high quality from low quality. In this module, you will look first at the context in which programming is being offered, and then focus on ten established professional benchmarks of quality in early care and education to determine whether they continue to signal high quality care in settings serving diverse populations.

Cultural Competence: A Goal Or A Beginning?

Author: Judith Colbert, PHD

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Foundation

In the twenty-first century, societies are becoming increasingly varied. As an educator, it is likely that you encounter children from a wide variety of cultures and are called on to interact effectively with children and parents who communicate best in languages other than English. People who interact well with diverse individuals and groups are often said to have “cultural competence." In this module, we will explore ideas associated with cultural competence, safety and humility in relation to education, in an effort to characterize what is needed – and how it feels - to relate effectively with people from varied cultural backgrounds.

Aboriginal Cultures – Beginning the Journey of Understanding

Authors: Lois Coward, Mary Jane Swain and Shirley Tagalik

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Foundation

This module is an introduction to perspectives on aboriginal cultures in early childhood settings. It includes an encounter with life in a Métis community, a description of culture in an Inuit village and guidelines for integrating aspects of aboriginal culture into your program and curriculum. This module incorporates the insight of three authors, Lois Coward, Mary Jane Swain and Shirley Tagalik.

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