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Critical perspectives on cultural diversity in early childhood : building an inclusive curriculum and provision

Ang, Lynn (2010) Critical perspectives on cultural diversity in early childhood : building an inclusive curriculum and provision. Early Years, 30 (1). pp. 41-52. ISSN 0957-5146. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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This paper presents a discussion of the complexities that arise from addressing issues of cultural diversity in the early years context. It explores the challenges of developing an effective early years provision and pedagogy that values cultural difference within the framework of a mandated curriculum, The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England. The discussion presents a critical debate based on the argument that the task of constructing an inclusive early years curriculum remains contentious. This is especially the case as children’s cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds challenge the assumptions of normality and universality that are typically produced within policy rhetoric and curricular guidelines for group provision. The discussion draws on the poststructuralist theoretical framework of Foucault and Derrida to critique notions of diversity and difference. It then provides an analysis of the EYFS as an example of the challenges that arise from attempts to address cultural diversity through the curriculum.

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Additional Information: This paper emerged from an ESRC research seminar grant award (2009) £20,000, Joint-Investigator. Project title: ‘Critical Issues for Preschool Education: towards a research agenda’. Evidence of quality - the value and impact of this paper are indicated by the usage statistics of the journal in which the paper was published; The paper is ranked 54 out of a total of 398 papers that is considered ‘most popular’, with a recorded 62 current downloads from 1 January to 13 March 2011. This can be corroborated through the journal’s website
Controlled Keywords: Early Years Foundation Stage; curriculum; cultural diversity, Early years, Curriculum and subjects, Difference and diversity
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Early Years and Primary Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 12:20
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:03
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