Learning Resources


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Required Resources


Course Text: Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World

Chapter 6, “The Context of Culture” (pp. 104–120, up to “How to Learn What Children Know, Think, and Feel about the Natural Environment”)



Video:Laureate Education (Producer). (2004). Cultural and linguistic diversity [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu


Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 39 minutes.


Dr. Eugene Garcia shares personal insights and experience as well as current research with regard to the significance of one’s cultural and linguistic “roots” on development and learning.

Optional Resources


Web Article: Misconceptions About Language Acquisition



Web Article: Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity: Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education





Microagressions “happen outside the level of awareness of well-intentioned individuals” (Wing Sue, 2007).


Last week you took part in a Discussion in which you shared your personal definitions and experiences with microagressions. You were asked to spend the next week listening for and being sensitive to microagressions taking place in the interactions of people around you and in the media. In preparation for this week’s Discussion, consider:



What have you learned about prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination and microaggressions


Why discussions need to be supported and fostered by sensitivity and respect


What you noticed this past week with regard to microagressions during first-hand experiences, interactions you observed, and examples you noticed in the media


By Day 3:



Post your thoughts with regard to two of the following: 



Examples of microagressions that you noticed this past week and your response or possible responses


How tuning in to people’s interactions and the media broadened and deepened your awareness of and sensitivity to microagressions, discrimination, prejudice, and stereotypes


Why it is vital that professionals in the early childhood field understand and be sensitive to the power of microagressions


Your thoughts with regard to Dr. Wing Sue’s statements that one of the “dangers” of microagressions is the perception that they cause minimal harm