Jun 30, 2022
CD 116W - Diversity and Families in Early Childhood EducationCredits: 3
Introduces the background needed to work with parents of children in early childhood programs. Explores diversity in social class, economic resources, cultural customs, and traditions.
Prerequisite(s): READING LEVEL 2 or WRITING LEVEL 2
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: None
Outcomes and Objectives
- Describe and evaluate how cultural factors impact human perceptions and interactions, and how these factors influence the development of the child.
- Describe how socio-cultural factors such as ethnicity, race, language, values, religion, and gender interact to form a person's perceptions of the world.
- Describe the concept of pluralism, its social implications, and apply this concept to activities and interactions in early childhood educational settings.
- Critically analyze and report how one’s own cultural background has influenced one’s values and views on child-rearing in formal written assignments.
- Compare/contrast the childcare practices, and the values that underlie them, of various cultural/ethnic groups other than his/her own.
- Enter into and interact with individuals from cultural backgrounds different from one’s own, and reflect and report upon experiences and findings in informal discussions and formal written assignments.
- Describe and evaluate how family structure and dynamics influence the development of a child.
- Define the concept of family.
- Evaluate the effects that different family types (extended, nuclear, single-parent, gay/lesbian, bi-racial) have upon child-rearing practices and child development.
- Evaluate the role of stressors (economic hardship, divorce, death, individuals with disabilities) on the functioning of the family and the development of the child.
- Describe responsibilities and pressures that affect parents, and apply this knowledge in developing ways to interact positively with and provide support for parents.
- Visit a family with a young child, gather data about the family’s child-rearing methods and their goals for their child, and report your findings in discussion and written assignments.
- Describe and evaluate how the family, school, and other social institutions mutually interact to socialize children.
- Understand and apply the ecological theory of development.
- Identify and assess the various ways in which society & culture influence the functioning of the family, and communicate personal perspectives through discussion and written assignments.
- Identify and apply culturally sensitive, professional mannerisms that facilitate productive parent-teacher interactions during home visits, conferences, etc.
- Describe legislation that shapes policy affecting families with young children.
- Identify and describe how to access community resources for families of various types.
- Promote writing tasks to promote learning.
- Understand and analyze information in written form.
- Explain the subject matter in a coherent writing style.
- Evaluate the information.
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