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Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms

Issues, Concepts, and Strategies

Wilma de Melendez (Nova Southeastern University) Verna Beck (Retired from Nova Southeastern University)



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Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
04 October 2017

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This in-depth exploration discusses the need for addressing diversity and multicultural realities in the classroom. It prepares you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies to create a developmentally appropriate, respectful, and culturally responsive classroom and teaching environment. You'll find practical information, ideas, and strategies that you can apply to classroom practice for young children. There are guidelines on how to create relationships between the school, community, and family as essential partners that influence a child's success. Questions about how to deal with a bilingual child, a child with exceptionalities, and non-traditional parents are also addressed. Finally, you'll learn the benefits of teaching multiculturalism from a global perspective.
By:   Wilma de Melendez (Nova Southeastern University), Verna Beck (Retired from Nova Southeastern University)
Imprint:   Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   5th edition
Dimensions:   Height: 276mm,  Width: 217mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   794g
ISBN:   9781337566070
ISBN 10:   1337566071
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   04 October 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Part I: FOUNDATIONS FOR MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION IN TODAY'S EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOMS. 1. Living in Diversity: The Intricate Nature of Our Society. 2. The Nature of Culture, The Nature of People. 3. Families in Our Classrooms: Many Ways, Many Voices. 4. Who Is the Child? Developmental Characteristics of Young Children in a Diverse Society. Part II: EXPLORING THE ROOTS OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION: ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS. 5. Tracing the Beginnings of Multicultural Education. 6. Approaches to Multicultural Education: From Frameworks to Action. Part III: INTO ACTION: IMPLEMENTING A MULTICULTURAL PROGRAM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. 7. Classrooms, Where Words Become Action. 8. Language Diversity in the Classroom: Working with Young Dual Language Learners. 9. Activities and Resources for Multicultural Teaching: A World of Possibilities! 10. A World of Resources: Engaging Families, Friends, and the Community. Appendix A: Recommended List of Selected Multicultural Children's Books. Appendix B: Organizations That Support Multiculturalism and Diversity. Appendix C: Developing Multicultural Awareness: Sample Activities. Glossary.

Wilma Robles de Melendez, Ph.D., is an associate professor of early childhood education at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has over two decades of experience in the field of early childhood and is a specialist in multicultural education issues and practices. An active member of state and national early childhood associations, she has written and published several articles in education journals as well as another text with Vesna (Ostertag) Beck for Delmar Learning: TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY EDUCATION. Vesna Beck, Ed.D., was a university administrator and professor at the community college and university levels for over 40 years. During her 24-year tenure at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she was the administrator of the doctoral program in organizational leadership and professor in the Master of Science in early childhood education where she taught research and assessment courses. Vesna's partnership with Wilma, that began more than two decades ago, resulted in two books, many workshops, conference presentations, teacher training, and journal publications. Vesna is the co-author (with Wilma Robles de Melendez) of TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY EDUCATION.

Reviews for Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms: Issues, Concepts, and Strategies

This text provides our students with a comprehensive understanding of multicultural education and diversity. [It] does a thorough job of providing and scaffolding historical and critical background information necessary for early childhood educators. Students will engage with content that is relevant and meaningful to a successful multicultural education. The text also challenges the reader to think critically about approaches to meeting the needs of diverse and mono-cultural classroom settings. One of the best books in the field. It is easy to read and it provides lot of practical ideas and tips to be used in class.

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