Multicultural Children in the Early Years: Creative Teaching, Meaningful Learning

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Multilingual Matters, Jan 1, 1999 - Education - 226 pages
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How do multicultural children and their parents experience the very beginning of their school careers? How do teachers mediate the demands of the educational system, and how do the children adapt? What kind of access to the National Curriculum is offered to multicultural children? In answering these questions the authors draw on two years' intensive research in three multi-ethnic institutions. They explore teachers' values and beliefs and how they attempt to put them into practice. They describe how, at times, teachers were constrained to get things done because of pressures operating on them, but at other times, taught creatively in a way particularly relevant to the children's concerns and cultures.
  

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Contents

Introduction
11
Teaching the National Curriculum
33
Creative Teaching
65
The Educational Significance of Stories
89
Bilingual Children in Transition
117
Opportunities for Learning
136
Childrens Identities
157
The ParentsPerspectives
185
References
210
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Peter Woods is Professor of Education at the Open University and Research Professor at the University of Plymouth, UK.

Paul Boyle is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leeds.
Keith Halfacree is Lecturer in Geography at the University of Wales, Swansea

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