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Preparing Early Childhood Educators to Work in Diverse Urban Settings

by Diane Horn - 2003

This article focuses on the challenges confronted by early childhood educators as they seek to offer developmentally effective programs and services for all children, especially those who live in urban settings characterized by cultural diversity. To meet the challenges, the programs that prepare these educators must take account of important research findings (e.g., children under age 6 are more likely to be poor than any other age group of Americans). These programs also need to develop practical strategies to ensure that teachers are prepared to work with children from a range of cultural backgrounds (e.g., infuse interdisciplinary perspectives with a focus on cultural diversity throughout professional preparation programs).

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 2, 2003, p. 226-244
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11541, Date Accessed: 7/23/2021 10:53:11 AM

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  • Diane Horn
    University of Rhode Island
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    DIANE M. HORM is currently associate dean of the College of Human Science and Services and professor of human development and family studies at the University of Rhode Island. She specializes in child development and early childhood education and serves as the director of the University of Rhode Islandís two Child Development Centers, the lab schools, which fulfill teaching, research, and service/outreach missions for the campus and region. Her scholarly work is in three areas: evaluation of programs that serve young children and their families, assessment of young children, and professional development of the early childhood workforce. She was selected to be a Visiting Scholar by the U. S. Department of Educationís Office of Educational Research and Improvement for 1998Ė 1999. As a Visiting Scholar, she worked in the National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education and coedited New Teachers for a New Century: The Future of Early Childhood Professional Preparation.
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