Play and Cultural Diversity [The Journal of Educational Issues of Language Minority Students, V15]
This paper explores the relationship between play and cultural diversity. It discusses the growing number of young children from culturally diverse backgrounds who will be entering early childhood programs and how play is linked to the cultural values of different peoples. The specific role of play as a means to promote cultural awareness is described, along with the different components that are important to an understanding of the role of play and cultural awareness. Strategies to enhance cultural awareness through play, and suggestions for play interventions are provided and include: (1) getting to know students' cultures and languages; (2) bringing the outside world into the classroom through the use of materials and activities; (3) using literature to enrich play and an understanding of cultural pluralism; (4) changing dramatic play areas periodically to reflect different cultures and styles of living; (5) using cooking and music to give children a connection between cultural heritage, how meals are prepared, and how music and musical instruments are different; (6) providing multicultural toys to reflect different cultures; and (7) using selected teacher resources that promote an awareness of culture and disability. (Contains 40 references.)
Michael Rettig. Play and Cultural Diversity [The Journal of Educational Issues of Language Minority Students, V15] (1995). The Bilingual Education Teacher Preparation Program: Boise, ID.
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