Developing anti-racist futures through anti-bias multicultural early childhood education

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Hawkins, Karen. 2008. "Developing anti-racist futures through anti-bias multicultural early childhood education." 2nd International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order. Sunshine Coast, Australia 06 - 07 Dec 2007 Maroochydore, Australia.
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Developing anti-racist futures through anti-bias multicultural early childhood education

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AuthorHawkins, Karen
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order
Number of Pages10
Year2008
Place of PublicationMaroochydore, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.usc.edu.au/Research/Centres/CMCD/Second+Racisms+Conference.htm
Conference/Event2nd International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order
Event Details
2nd International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order
Event Date
06 to end of 07 Dec 2007
Event Location
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Abstract

This paper draws on a doctoral study nearing completion to suggest that anti-bias multicultural education is essential for developing anti-racist futures and visioning an alternative world that reflects an inclusive and respectful multicultural society. The paper argues that, to lay solid foundations for the development of anti-racist futures based on respect and mutual accord, it is imperative that anti-bias multicultural education begin in the early years. However, at the time of this study teachers were struggling to find appropriate pedagogical strategies that would promote and support anti-bias multicultural education in their classrooms. This paper discusses how the study utilised children’s literature to assist teachers with strategies that would enhance an anti-bias multicultural curriculum and teaching for social justice in preschool settings with a culturally homogeneous group of preschool children. The study’s collaborative research methodology (Participatory Action Research) is highlighted in this paper as a socially just mode of inquiry that upheld respectful relationships and partnerships that produced the co-construction of change in two preschool settings.

Keywordsanti-bias multicultural education; social justice; early childhood education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500104. Human rights and justice issues (excl. law)
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
390302. Early childhood education
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