Cross-cultural Challenges and Possibilities in Early Childhood Education

Miller, Melinda G. & Mascadri, Julia (2016) Cross-cultural Challenges and Possibilities in Early Childhood Education. In Scarlett, Red Ruby (Ed.) The Anti-bias Approach in Early Childhood [3rd ed.]. Multiverse Publishing, Erskineville, NSW, pp. 113-125.

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Emione (Emmy) Kiriakou’s chapter on cross-cultural challenges in early childhood education in the first and second editions of the Anti-Bias Approach remains highly relevant to contemporary practices in early childhood centres. With a focus on self-awareness of one’s own cultural identity and communicating effectively with families and community, Kiriakou’s scholarship provides an important basis for continuing discussions about awareness, action and activism in cross-cultural work. In this chapter, we focus on self-reflexivity as a starting point for cross-cultural work and question the facility of cultural competence frameworks in contemporary early childhood education policy. The recent doctoral research of both authors is drawn upon to demonstrate how self-authorship can aid self-reflexive practices and intercultural competence (Mascadri), and how racism can continue to operate in cross-cultural work that is viewed as inclusive and high quality (Miller). In response to the Australian context, we draw attention to the importance of recognising the histories, cultures and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as central to cross-cultural work.

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ID Code: 98801
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9780995379503
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2016 22:59
Last Modified: 24 May 2017 23:17

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