Cultural competence refers to awareness, knowledge, and skills that result in respect for and valuing of culturally and linguistically diverse groups of people and the ability to acknowledge multiple perspectives. It involves a critical analysis and understanding of how different value systems and belief systems relate to one another and coexist within various social contexts. This includes an understanding of how power dynamics between social identities, defined by value systems and belief systems, shape social relations between groups (intergroup), within groups (intragroup), and at the individual (personal) levels.


Cultural competence in early childhood education is the engagement and valuing of all knowledges. This is in contrast to a preparation for a future of schooling that narrows the definition of what counts as knowledge and often promotes ...

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