Children, Youth, Families & Schools, Nebraska Center for Research on


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American Educational Research Association, 2012


Copyright 2012 Tonia R. Durden and Kimberly Blitch


What is our role in teacher education and development in preparing a workforce that has the professional competencies and skills to provide quality experiences for the culturally and linguistically diverse children in their care? We argue, it is imperative to draw upon the cultural and linguistic tools of children and families. An educational program that is culturally responsive to the child and encourages their sociocultural awareness and anti-bias beliefs toward others is critical in our emerging global society and essential to maximizing children’s learning experiences and future success. Culture still matters. Culture sensitivity, consciousness and awareness are all still integral components of teacher education conversation in early childhood education.