Multicultural Practice: Curriculum & Implementation

Course Number: ECE 224
Transcript Title: Multicult. Pract: Curriculum
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2019
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
Repeats available for credit: 0


Course Description

Develops awareness of cultural and ethnic issues as they relate to the early childhood classroom teacher. Focuses on ethnocentrism, racism and discrimination. Includes techniques for developing multi-cultural, anti-bias curriculum. Prerequisite: ECE 124. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify cultural and ethnic issues related to early childhood education.
  2. Recognize ethnocentrism, racism and/or discrimination in early childhood education environment.
  3. Develop multi-cultural, anti-bias curriculum for use in the early childhood education setting.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: written observations, journal reflections, service learning experience, group discussions, in-class presentations and written assignments

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Define applicable terms in including ethnocentrism, racism, prejudice, discrimination, etc.
  • Identify and describe socio-cultural influences on the family and child development.
  • Identify and describe your own cultural roots, personal values, and attitudes.
  • Identify and describe issues impacting minorities in our society.
  • Analyze materials and activities for multi-culturalism and bias.
  • Plan anti-bias, multicultural, developmentally appropriate activities for young children.
  • Identify community resources for children, families, and early childhood professionals.
  • Identify various styles and opportunities of advocacy for children and families.

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate are Standard #2.  Building Family and Community Relationships

Core Knowledge categories – Diversity (D)