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The ALERTA Program: A Multicultural, Bilingual Approach to Teaching Young Children


reviewed by Dorothy S. Strickland 1984

coverTitle: The ALERTA Program: A Multicultural, Bilingual Approach to Teaching Young Children
Author(s): Leslie R. Williams, Yvonne De Gaetano
Publisher: Addison Wesley , Reading
ISBN: 0201200929, Pages: 326, Year: 1985
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According to its authors, the ALERTA Program offers a method for designing an educational program “that reflects and uses as vehicles for learning the collected experiences of the children within it” (p. vii). It succeeds extremely well. “Alerta” is a Spanish word meaning “heightened awareness.” It is also an acronym for “A Learning Environment Responsive To All.” Two fundamental characteristics are predominant in ALERTA—its child—centered nature and its multicultural approach. Experiences within the program are designed to make use of the knowledge, skills, and accumulated experiences that each child brings to the classroom. The developmental and cultural backgrounds of the children are respected and valued. Most important, however, they are integrated into all aspects of the learning. The program manual is designed for use by teachers, teaching assistants, and teacher aides in early-childhood programs. Developed through a collaboration of professionals and nonprofessionals, the manual is divided into nine levels, each dealing with... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 86 Number 1, 1984, p. 254-255
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 960, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 5:28:42 AM

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