Hawkins, Karen (2008) Developing anti-racist futures through anti-bias multicultural early childhood education. In: 2nd International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order, 6-7 Dec 2007, Sunshine Coast, Australia.
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This paper draws on a doctoral study nearing completion to suggest that anti-bias multicultural education is essential for developing anti-racist futures and visioning an alternative world that reflects an inclusive and respectful multicultural society. The paper argues that, to lay solid foundations for the development of anti-racist futures based on respect and mutual accord, it is imperative that anti-bias multicultural education begin in the early years. However, at the time of this study teachers were struggling to find appropriate pedagogical strategies that would promote and support anti-bias multicultural education in their classrooms. This paper discusses how the study utilised children’s literature to assist teachers with strategies that would enhance an anti-bias multicultural curriculum and teaching for social justice in preschool settings with a culturally homogeneous group of preschool children. The study’s collaborative research methodology (Participatory Action Research) is highlighted in this paper as a socially just mode of inquiry that upheld respectful relationships and partnerships that produced the co-construction of change in two preschool settings.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||anti-bias multicultural education; social justice; early childhood education|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues|
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified|
|Deposited On:||18 Jan 2008 14:57|
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