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This document was developed to help early childhood service providers understand Aboriginal children and their cultural context. The guide starts from the premise that it is vital that early childhood experiences are culturally relevant and affirming for individual children. Aboriginal perspectives on topics such as family, child rearing, learning/teaching, the school experience, discipline, touching, and eye contact are presented so that service providers can acknowledge and respect Aboriginal children's views of themselves. The guide discusses strategies that enable service providers to gain the confidence of parents, as well as rights that Aboriginal children have, such as access to Aboriginal staff, curriculum materials written by Aboriginal professionals, and multicultural play opportunities. Service providers are also instructed to evaluate not only their curriculum, but also their own biases, and to seek feedback from Aboriginal families and community. The six chapters cover legal framework, Aboriginal perspectives, ways of learning, ways of caring and teaching, selecting and using resources, and evaluation of a curriculum. Contains 17 references and an 11-item bibliography. (TD)

Descriptors: Child Rearing, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Traits, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Guides, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Life, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Minority Group Children, Preschool Curriculum, Teacher Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Young Children

Department for Education and Children's Services, Customer Service Center, LMB 12, Woodville, South Australia 5011, Australia ($10 Australian).

Author: South Australia Dept. of Education, Employment and Training, Adelaide. Children-s Services Office.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12537&id=ED385418

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