Early Childhood Teacher Education on Cultural Competence discusses how early childhood preservice teachers can use teacher research to explore and gain cultural competence, enabling them to support students and families from diverse backgrounds. The book opens by describing the role of the university in preparing culturally competent teachers in urban settings and then explores historical perspectives of cultural competence. Chapters then move toward more practical perspectives of supporting families from racially diverse backgrounds, understanding diverse families, interprofessional education and collaboration, teacher resiliency, and social justice. Although the chapters focus on cultural competence in urban settings, they offer all early childhood teacher educators a challenge to address cultural competence in all settings.
"This book makes clear the imperative for us, as early childhood teacher educators, to critically examine our own methods of teacher preparation. We must become better at preparing preservice teachers to become culturally competent educators of young children. The chapters in this book help us understand the rationale behind this vital work and offer valuable strategies for moving forward."
—Angela C. Baum, President, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, USA
"This text would make a great book study for teacher education programs that wish to strengthen their preservice teachers’ cultural competence. In addition to being informative, this text challenges, encourages, and causes the reader to reflect upon their teacher education practices related to cultural competence. Though the book is focused on preparing preservice teachers to work in urban schools, the authors also explain how preservice teachers can be culturally competent in any setting. The passion of the chapter authors is apparent as they share their experiences with guiding preservice teachers in their development of cultural competence."
—Linda Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies, Ball State University, USA
Introduction: Developing a Vision of Social Justice Frances O’Connell Rust and Amanda Branscombe Part I: Social Justice through the Lens of Teacher Education Programs Chapter 1: A Social Justice Model for Improving Teacher Effectiveness Regena Nelson, Moi Mooi Lew, and Yuqian Shen Chapter 2: Becoming a Teacher and Keeping On: Another Look at Resilience in Teaching Janese Daniels and Edyth J. Wheeler Chapter 3: The Role of the Classroom Library: A Catalyst for Social Justice Susan Catapano Part II: A Look at Early Childhood Teacher Educators Study of Their Courses Chapter 4: Developing an Understanding of Diverse Families: Considerations for Preparing Teacher Candidates Nicole Taylor Chapter 5: The University’s Role in Preparing Culturally Competent Teachers Sarah E. Huisman Chapter 6: Understanding Cultural Competence Through a Historical Lens Andrea D. Lewis, Ph.D. Part III: Social Justice When Early Childhood Teachers Moving into the Life of the Communities Chapter 7: Teaching & Reaching Refugee and New Immigrant Children and Their Families Susan Catapano and Candace Thompson Chapter 8: Supporting Father Engagement in Classrooms and Schools Meredith Jones Chapter 9: The Emerging Role of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration for Fostering Culturally Competent Family Engagement: Implications for Teacher Education Elizabeth Anderson and Youjung Lee Chapter 10: Teachers’ Role in Children’s Understanding of Gender Identity Jamie Solomon Index