Diversity and the Elementary School Learner Analytical Essay by Jessie

Diversity and the Elementary School Learner
A look at diversity categories and instructional strategies for elementary education.
# 151779 | 1,400 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper discusses the different categories of diversity within today's classrooms and strategies that may be used to meet the unique needs of the elementary school learner. First ,the paper describes the various categories of diversity. Then, it explores what teachers can do much to address diversity within the context of the elementary school learner, primarily educating themselves on the diversity within their own classrooms. Next, the paper considers policy changes that encourage the fair and equal treatment of all students. Finally, the paper encourages educators to band together to influence political leaders for real change. The paper concludes by stating that elementary school instructors should recognize that they have a responsibility to promote the appreciation of diversity within the minds of their young students.


Diversity in Elementary School
Classroom Strategies and Learning Experiences

From the Paper:

"The changing racial identity of the nation has a profound impact upon the diversity of elementary school student populations. Prior to the success of the Civil Rights Movements, classrooms and schools were segregated so that children of different racial backgrounds were taught separately. Today, classrooms are integrated. Students of minority backgrounds are expected to learn and complete with white students within the standard classroom. Some states, such as California, Texas and Hawaii, are already serving elementary school populations composed of nearly 50 percent minority students (Kim et al. 2006).
"Biological diversity is also determined by a child's sex, gender and sexual orientation. The traditional classroom is divided into boy and girl students, however these two categories are only the beginning of sex-based diversity within the classroom. Some boys may act in stereotypically masculine ways while others may exhibit more feminine characteristics. Girls can behave similarly, with some favoring behaviors commonly associated with traditional femininity while others acting like tom boys or rebels. Hermaphroditic children form another sex-based group that is often overlooked within the educational system. Elementary level students who do not fit the expected gendered behavioral or dress patterns associated with their outward appearance may face bullying, ridiculous and discrimination..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berry, D. (2010). A not so Merry Christmas: Dilemma for elementary school leaders. Kappa Delta Pi Record 47, 10-15.
  • Boyd, B. (1999). Should gay and lesbian issues be discussed in elementary school? Childhood education 76, 40-46.
  • Cowie, H. (2004). Peer influences. In Sanders, C. & Phye, G. (eds.) Bullying: Implications for the classroom (pp. 137- 158). San Diego: Elsevier.
  • Kim, B., Green, J., Klein, E. (2002). Using storybooks to promote multicultural sensitivity in elementary school children. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development 34(4): 223-236.
  • Lam, T. (2008). A comprehensive approach to assessing children in early childhood education. In Grotewell, P. & Burton, Y. (eds.) Early childhood education: Issues and developments (pp. 223-262). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

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