An investigation into how early years settings support and value children’s diverse cultures

Somerville, L. (2023) An investigation into how early years settings support and value children’s diverse cultures. Undergraduate theses, University of Chichester.

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The title of this research project is ‘an investigation into how early years settings support and value children with diverse cultures’.

The aim of this research includes investigating how early years environments value and support children’s diverse cultures, how strategies and resources are used in early years settings to support and value children and their families from diverse backgrounds and finally, an evaluation of whether children from diverse cultures are being supported and valued sufficiently. The rationale behind this project was to identify whether diverse children are being adequately supported and valued within the early years, and if improvements need to be made to the support these children receive. The research was achieved through using semi-structed interviews as part of a qualitative methodology. Using coding to highlight reoccurring replies, three themes were distinguished from the data: these being the environment, the practitioner, and the parent. Throughout the data analysis, it became apparent that all the participants understood and enforced the importance of supporting and valuing children with diverse cultures. However, limitations such as the continual use of the tokenistic approach, despite research suggesting it negatives, and the cultural beliefs of the practitioners impacting the care and relatability that the children receive, were highlighted. The conclusion drawn from the research, proposed that early years setting do support and value children sufficiently, with literature verifying these claims, however future large-scale research would need to be undertaken on this topic in order to further investigate the limitations.

Publication Type: Theses (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: Early Years Education, Diversity
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139 Early childhood education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Childhood
Student Research > Undergraduate
Depositing User: Michelle Farndell
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2023 13:01
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2023 13:01

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