Multicultural Child Care

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Multilingual Matters, 1996 - Education - 136 pages
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"What is the state of multicultural education in child care centres in Western European countries? What should multicultural education in these centres look like? These are the two key questions addressed in this book. In this study the authors have analysed the state of multicultural education in child care centres in the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain. The main situation considered here is the Netherlands where the recent and rapid growth of the number of child care centres, together with the growing numbers of immigrant children visiting these centres, have given a strong impetus to concerns about the quality of centre education from a multicultural perspective." "For centre staff, sensitive responses towards children and parents, as well as parental involvement, have become essential for managing cultural diversity in a way beneficial for both migrant and indigenous families. It is argued that defining and improving the quality of centre education from a multicultural perspective require discussions between staff and parents about educational goals and the means to achieve them. The book gives recommendations for improving the relationship between staff and parents by way of consensus building about these aims."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

Institutional Child Care and Multicultural Education in
11
Multicultural Education in Dutch Nurseries and Playgroups
20
International Experiences
48
Models for Multicultural Education
67
Quality in Multicultural Education
80
Consensus Building
100
Improving the Quality of ECCE and Multicultural Education
113
Experts Participating in the Workshop on Multicultural
120
References
127
Index
133
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Paul Vedder is a lecturer and senior researcher in the Centre for Intercultural Pedagogics at Leiden University. He has published books and articles on young children's education and development, multicultural education and methodological and theoretical aspects of the assessment and improvement of quality in education. His special interest is the education and development of Afro-Caribbean children. Ellen Bouwer is a researcher in the Centre for Intercultural Pedagogics at Leiden University. She studies the relationship between early childhood education and development and children's later school careers and is particularly interested in the role of migrant parents' belief systems in this respect. Trees Pels is a senior researcher in the Institute for Sociological and Economic Research at Rotterdam University. She has published books and articles on immigrant children's socialisation and development, preschool and non-school education. Her special interest lies with the education and development of Moroccan children.

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