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Multicultural Practices: Exploring Our Views

Course Number: ECE 124
Transcript Title: Multicultural Practice:Views
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Develops awareness of how personal experiences, belief systems, and values impact work with children and families. Examines the impact of cultural, linguistic, and class identities and histories on inter-relationships in diverse populations. Applies techniques for incorporating other peoples histories, values and belief systems into child-and-family-centered practices. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Identify the influences on self-identity, including culture, race, language, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, and class.
  2. Recognize others’ identities as the product of cultural, linguistic and class influences.
  3. Assess cultural-, linguistic-, and class-related experiences and needs in learning communities for young children (infancy - school age) and their families.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students Will:

  • Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
  • Complete required journal entries and autobiographical statements.
  • Participate in a service-learning experience.
  • Complete written assignments as required.
  • Complete in-class presentations as required.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Students will acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities relating to:

  • Identification of concepts such as oppression, internalized oppression, white privilege, stereotypes and biases.
  • Identity development and the affects of internalized oppression and white privilege on identity.
  • Personal identities of race, cultural, language, gender, ableism, and classism.
  • The variety of ways of how institutions oppress individuals based on culture, language, gender, ableism, and classism in the United States.
  • Personal experiences with oppression as well as the oppression of other identity groups.
  • Theories in Early Childhood and developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant practices from a social and political perspective.
  • Oppression of staff, children and families by Early Childhood institutions.
  • Becoming allies to a diverse group of staff, child and families.

Department Notes

This is the first of a two course series. This class is intended to encourage students to reflect on their experiences, belief systems, and values and the impact those experiences, values, and beliefs have on practice with children and families. The second class in this series (Multicultural Practices: Curriculum and Implementation) will introduce students to the creation, implementation, and evaluation of inclusionary and anti-bias curricula and environments.