Higher Education

Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms: Issues, Concepts, and Strategies, 3rd Edition

  • Wilma Robles de Melendez Nova Southeastern University
  • Vesna Ostertag Beck Nova Southeastern University
  • ISBN-10: 1428376984  |  ISBN-13: 9781428376984
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 1997
  • © 2010 | Published
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In TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN IN MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOMS: ISSUES, CONCEPTS, AND STRATEGIES, 3rd Edition the authors share their own experiences as both immigrants and instructors to present historical, theoretical, political, and sociological aspects of multicultural education as it relates to young children. The text provides practical guidelines, curriculum suggestions, and techniques for use in the classroom. This third edition includes updated content on demographics, children with special needs, and children's book lists. Readers will also follow Barbara, a kindergarten teacher, through the chapters to see how she handles the dilemmas and issues that arise in her day-to-day work. The authors have worked to address the very fluid nature of terminology and trends within the field. A portfolio experience based on INTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards is included to help students make the important connection between what they are reading and how the content applies in a classroom setting. In addition to being a text for those studying to become early childhood teachers, TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN IN MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOMS: ISSUES, CONCEPTS, AND STRATEGIES, 3rd Edition, is a comprehensive resource for all practicing professionals who work with young children on a daily basis.

Features and Benefits

  • Updated features (In Action, Snapshots, Focus on Classroom Practices, Things to Do, and more) provide students with outlets for application of course content.
  • Updated lists of multicultural children's books are provided in each chapter and in the Appendix.
  • Information on demographics and content on ethnicities have been updated.

Table of Contents

1. Facing the Reality of 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.
5. Everything Started When Tracing the Beginnings of Multicultural Education.
6. Approaches to Multicultural Education: Ways and Designs for Classroom Implementation.
7. The Classroom, Where Words Become Action.
8. Preparing to Bring Ideas into Action.
9. Activities and Resources for Multicultural Teaching: A World of Possibilities.
10. A World of Resources: Involving Families, Friends, and the Community.
Appendix A: List of Multicultural Children's Books.
Appendix B: Web of Possibilities Using Multicultural Literature.
Appendix C: Developing Multicultural Awareness: Sample Activities.
Appendix D: Sample Lesson Plan Using the Black Snowman.
Appendix E: Sample Lesson Plan Using the Bredekamp and Rosegrant Model.
Appendix F: Organizations That Support Multiculturalism and Diversity.
Appendix G: Learning About Islands.
Appendix H: Island Stick Puppets.
Appendix I: Planning for Cultural Diversity: Developing a Class Profile.
Appendix J: Checklist for Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Care (SECA).

What's New

  • New coverage includes families and family models, gender equity, ESOL children and children with special needs, Developmentally Culturally Appropriate Practice (DCAP), the role of the teacher and curriculum development, and new children's books.
  • Chapter summaries have been added to provide a brief overview of the content and to allow both teachers and students to peruse the material at a quick glance.
  • New Internet resources correspond to the themes and concepts presented in the text.
  • The "Barbara's Journal" feature is expanded to each chapter. Each vignette represents a realistic situation that an early childhood professional may face in the classroom.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Wilma Robles de Melendez

Wilma Robles de Melendez, Ph.D., works for Nova Southeastern University and has been a professor of early childhood education for over two decades. 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 Ostertag Beck

Vesna Ostertag Beck, Ed.D., is a professor of early childhood education at Nova Southeastern University, where she has been working in the field for over two decades. Vesna has written and published several articles in educational journals, and is the co-author (with Wilma Robles de Melendez) of TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN EARLY EDUCATION.