Project Archive: Guiding Child Behavior Through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Approach

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Guiding Child Behavior Through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Approach
Subject: Early Childhood Education
Book Language: English
Audience: Beginning Early Childhood Education students
Created date: February 17, 2022
Updated date: March 24, 2022
Target Release Date: 2023-02-01
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Each unit will be divided into two sections, Course Foundation and Course Applications.

In the first chapter of each section we will explore how development occurs throughout early childhood and DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practices) that promote this development in a manner that promotes DEI.

In the second chapter of each section, students will be asked to apply what they have learned by creating lesson plans, selecting relevant additions to a Bibliography of children’s books, writing observations of children (from video clips), assessing documentation of children’s behaviors in order to determine appropriate teaching strategies, and reflecting on how what they have learned will impact their teaching philosophy. Throughout the text they will also learn a process for solving ethical dilemmas and apply this process to various scenarios in order to determine an ethical course of action.

Throughout each unit, students will examine positive guidance strategies that promote the development of an inclusive community of learners, focus on the understanding of mistaken behavior, and promote the development of growth mindsets.

DEI topics will be woven throughout each unit, including an examination of unconscious bias and the origins and impact of academic gaps on various student populations.

A companion Instructor’s Manal will include suggested assignments and an overview of ways to promote DEI within an inclusive community of learners.

Short Description:
I believe that it is the duty of early childhood educators (ECEs) to provide a high quality curriculum that is grounded in developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) which reflect diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Attitudes and beliefs are formed early in life. Research indicates that racist ideology is usually set by the age of 9. Therefore, ECEs must strive to teach the values of DEI to all children during early childhood. My goal is to create a free guidance textbook that is accessible to all beginning ECE students and will promote diversity, equity and inclusion within its pages, throughout the instructor’s manual, and across the course assignments. I will need the hep of many others to meet my lofty goals. Besides researching these topics, I have begun to reach out to a diverse group of colleagues and lay people to help me along the way. I plan to include (and cite) their scholarly contributions and personal anecdotes.
Outline of Guiding Child Behavior Through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Approach

Unit 1: Course overview
Chapter 1: Course Foundations
Chapter 2: Course Applications

Unit 2: Approaches to Learning
Chapter 3: Examining the Development of Approaches to Learning
Chapter 4: Promoting the Development of Approaches to Learning

Unit 3: Emotional Development
Chapter 5: Examining Emotional Development
Chapter 6: Promoting Emotional Development

Unit 4: Social Development
Chapter 7: Examining Social Development
Chapter 8: Promoting Social Development