Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: A Guide for Working With Children and Their Families (Developing Cross-Cultural Competence (Lynch))
The third edition of this bestselling professional resource and textbook highlights the cultural and ethnic diversity of families in the U.S. The book is designed to be used by a broad audience of pre-service professionals and interventionists who work with families and children with disabilities from diverse backgrounds, whose customs, beliefs, and values may differ from their own. Section I introduces issues that surround working with families from diverse cultural, ethnic, and language groups and describes recommended practices for culturally competent intervention. Section II consists of nine chapters focused on different groups in America, each written by expert contributors who belong to the culture. Chapters provide up-to-date information about the history, demographics, and traditions, beliefs, and customs of each group with an emphasis on issues related to family, child rearing, and disability. The chapters also offer culture-specific insights on implications for intervention. They include case stories as well as appendixes with lists of contrasting beliefs, values, and practices; cultural courtesies and customs; significant cultural events/holidays/practices; and sample vocabulary. The last section of the book offers a summary and synthesis of the discussion and makes recommendations for professionals and the systems in which they work. There is an appendix of suggested readings and resources that has been expanded to include more books, films, theater, and other media.
A Good Start
By Pincookie04 - August 9, 2009
As an educator who started her journey as a daycare worker, assistant director in a daycare, an educational support person for elementary, then middle/high school, and finally an elementary teacher I can honestly say that in those early years this book was a great introduction to aiding my cultural awareness and ability to work with parents of different cultures. The disclosure of the nine cultures presented in this book with the explication of their own culture, linguistic backgrounds, beliefs, values, and behaviors. Even their educational believes were eye opening. The author covers Anglo-European, Native American, African American, Latino, Asian, Pilipino, Native Hawaiian, Samoan, and Middle Eastern in this book. Mind you, you need to keep in mind that the information presented is a "general" overview. Do not assume that what is said is the same for every ethnic background. Working with families and students will allow you to test and assess what the book offers you in... read more
By N. okezie "pinkngold" - February 22, 2007
honestly, this book is a bit dry. i use it for a Early Education Development class and i think it's more of a sociology book. it gets a bit repetitive and basically explains what is expected from the title. it just continually goes back to mention that after all the information given about different cultures, the importance of a caregiver being aware of social differences and emphasizes cultural competence when dealing with a child and their family. above all, this book is truly informational, especially from chapters 4 through 9 i think, when it gives a chapters worth of history each on different ethnic groups (african american, anglo-saxon/european, native american, latino, etc.). i suggest using this book for a sociology class or any class that deals with understanding different cultures.
By mama - July 22, 2012
Hoping this book helps me to become a better teacher and person...in the classroom and in life as well. It's important to get to know families in order to teach children to their understanding.
Currently, minority populations represent approximately twenty-five percent of the nation. Hundreds of thousands of health care workers and social service providers that work with these groups must ...