A strong appreciation and knowledge of diverse cultures is vital in delivering what the Association for Childhood Education International position paper identifies as the curricular areas that should be addressed in a preparation program for teachers of young children. Thus, undergraduates must develop: 1) an acquaintance with great music, art and literature, 2) a knowledge of health, safety and nutrition, 3) an understanding of the physical and biological aspects of the world and the universe 4) a knowledge of mathematical concepts 5) an ability to read with comprehension, then to analyze, interpret, and judge a wide range of written material, 6) a knowledge of technology as an educational resource, instructional tool and curriculum component, 7) a comprehension of the variety and complexity of communication patterns as expressed by people of differing cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in a global context, 8) a knowledge and understanding of differences and similarities among societies and cultures, both at home and abroad, and finally, 9) an awareness of the social, historical and political forces affecting children and the implications for education within individual nations and world contexts.


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