Three imperatives: valuing an anti-bias curriculum, investing in early childhood education and promoting collaborative research

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Hawkins, Karen. 2007. "Three imperatives: valuing an anti-bias curriculum, investing in early childhood education and promoting collaborative research." Eidos Emerge 2007 Conference: Valuing and Investing in People. Brisbane, Australia 10 Sep 2007 Brisbane, Australia.
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Three imperatives: valuing an anti-bias curriculum, investing in early childhood education and promoting collaborative research

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AuthorHawkins, Karen
Journal or Proceedings TitleEidos Emerge 2007 Conference Proceedings: Valuing and Investing in People
Number of Pages7
Year2007
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.eidos.org.au/eidos12/emerge/emerge2007.shtml
Conference/EventEidos Emerge 2007 Conference: Valuing and Investing in People
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Eidos Emerge 2007 Conference: Valuing and Investing in People
Event Date
10 Sep 2007
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract

[Abstract]: This paper draws on a collaborative inquiry that employed the methodological design of Participatory Action Research. It involved two Australian preschool communities exploring how children’s literature could be used as a strategy to support and promote an anti-bias multicultural curriculum. Based on the argument that anti-bias multicultural education is a key factor in developing human capital for an inclusive, productive multicultural society this paper discusses three imperatives that impacted on the collaborative inquiry. The first imperative concerns the fact that anti-bias multicultural education must begin in the early years. The second imperative highlights the importance of investing research energy into early childhood education to assist educators with strategies for implementing an anti-bias multicultural curriculum. The third imperative emphasises the need to underpin such research with collaborative inquiry that is participative and transformative.

Keywordsanti-bias multicultural education, early childhood education, collaborative research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
441013. Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism
390302. Early childhood education
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