Diversity & Inclusion in Early Childhood: An Introduction
Publication Year: 2015
Covering a wide range of concepts and taking a broader perspective of what inclusion entail, this book offers an overview of current research, policy and practice in diversity and inclusion in the early years. It is a clear introduction to what inclusive practice means for those working with young children in the early stages of their lives.
With case studies and activities designed to help students relate to diverse situations, the author discusses the main issues surrounding: - race; - gender; - culture; - disability and Special Educational Needs; - English as an Additional Language; - Traveller children; - the contexts of inclusion and exclusion; - good practice in early childhood settings; - different perspectives of inclusion
This is essential reading for students studying inclusion and diversity ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
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Let Us Pray[Page vi]
We thank you in many different ways
And thank you for making us all different
If we were not varied, our lives would be plain boring
It does not matter where people come from or what religion they are
We should treat everyone equally, and not leave them out, just because they are
Different from us
Help us to appreciate every one, and how they are Amen
By Anuradha Ponnapalli
This poem illustrates how children are inclusive and open. Although they do recognise the differences, they are happy to accept these unconditionally. They are, however, influenced by their families, peer group, practitioners and teachers from settings such as early childhood settings and schools.
This poem shows how positive experiences will enable young children to embrace diversity from a young age. This book will attempt to explore several issues around inclusion from the perspective of children, parents and practitioners.
List of Figures and Tables[Page vii]
About the Author
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the following people who have influenced me and supported me.
I would like to thank my mother and father for being my inspiration and instilling in me good values and being my first educators. I would not have achieved much without your words of wisdom.
I would like to express my thanks to my father- and mother-in-law for being kind and supportive. My husband, Prasad, has been my pillar of strength and provided moral support. My daughter Anuradha has kept me in good cheer and enabled me to understand the concept of inclusion by sharing her experiences in the early childhood settings. All my brothers- and sisters-in-law have constantly encouraged me in this endeavour.
Professor Jeyachandran and Mrs and Mr Ramaswami have been responsible for tapping my potential, Professor Peter Farrell and Professor Peter Clough for sowing seeds of confidence and believing in me.
Thanks to my friends: Barbara Oxley for reading and commenting on my draft chapters promptly, Frances Atherton for her constant support, and Kate Wilkinson who has been inspirational and who is sadly missed. Karen Turner for all the discussions we had about inclusion and all my students on the Early Childhood Studies courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, who actively participated in discussions and shared their perceptions of inclusion. In addition, they constantly reminded me of the lack of a book that covered inclusion from a wider perspective that sparked the idea for this book.
I am grateful to Sage Publications, especially Jude Bowen for her enthusiasm and positive belief, sharing my vision of the book and being a constant source of encouragement, as well as Amy, Alex, Miriam, Jeanette and others for their patience and support through [Page x]the whole process. I appreciate the constructive comments on the book proposal as well as draft chapters from reviewers. I would like to express my thanks to all the authors who gave permission to use their valuable work.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for making this dream come true.
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