What is “cultural sensitive & diverse” pedagogy?
Children construct their cultural identity, their individuality and their group affiliation in relation to their family. Awareness of other cultures also develops in children based on their understanding of their own family culture. Getting to know the cultural characteristics of one’s own ethnic identity takes time and getting to know other family cultures takes even longer. Young children are at the beginning of this journey. Starting with recognizing the family cultures of the children themselves and then expanding their experiences with diversity by getting to know other families, allows a teacher to have enough material for a diversity-sensitive curriculum.
Young children are often unsure of what makes a person a member of an ethnic group. They may need help understanding why they belong to their specific ethnic group.
For young children, culture is nothing abstract. Culture is lived and learned on a daily basis through the ways in which family members relate to each other, through language, family histories, family values, as well as household practices and family members’ activities. Holidays are just one aspect of a culture, though they are often the most obvious to outsiders.