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Promoting positive attitudes to ethnic diversity among young children : the role of research


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Abstract: Recognising that very young children are not only able to recognise ethnic differences but that some are also beginning to develop negative attitudes and prejudices in relation to these raises questions about how we might best begin to address this with young children. What types of approaches and programmes might be most effective in helping children to develop their awareness of and respect for ethnic diversity and thus to reduce any prejudices they might have? There is a growing body of rich, ethnographic research that has attempted to provide insights into young children’s social worlds and the salience of ethnicity within this (see Troyna and Hatcher 1992; Wright 1992; Connolly 1998; Van Ausdale and Feagin 2001; Lewis 2003; Connolly and Healy 2004). What this body of work has shown is that ethnicity is not a fixed and static entity but a highly complex and contradictory phenomena that changes in terms of its nature and significance from one context to the next.
Authors: Connolly, P.
Category: Research
End Page: 54
Serial number: 108
ISSN: 1387-9553
Journal: Early Childhood Matters
Keywords: children , conflict , communities
Language: eng
Organization: Bernard van Leer Foundation
Year: 2007
Right: © 2007 Bernard van Leer Foundation
Subject: Social and Political Change
Start Page: 50
Title: Promoting positive attitudes to ethnic diversity among young children : the role of research