Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Manuel Alejandro Pérez

Abstract

Despite the shifting racial and ethnic demographics of the United States, as well as the increase of children enrolling in public preschools, early childhood educators often lack the resources and pedagogical training needed to teach anti-racist education. Preschool teachers must move beyond simply celebrating cultural holidays and traditions and explicitly counter discriminatory attitudes and behaviors. Teaching children in preschool comes with the challenge of considering varying developmental stages. The visual arts can be used as a dynamic learning medium that can be adapted for different subjects and topics, and is an excellent learning source for young children. With the increase in state funded preschools, there is more pressure to prepare students for the academic rigor of elementary, leaving little room for teachers to explore creative modes of teaching. The six week lesson plan uses the visual arts as learning avenue to teach for a critical analysis of race, identity and culture, and counter discriminatory attitudes and perceptions.

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