Childhood Across Cultures

The study of cultural differences in immigrant parents’ knowledge of child rearing and child development is particularly germane today in our diverse schools and educational settings. It is critical that educators understand the nature and composition of immigrant mothers’ knowledge of child development and child rearing. Knowing the messages, symbols and invisible childhood links English Language Learner children bring to the classroom will better equip and empower educators in their teaching strategies when working with children of immigrant parents.

In this session participants first will learn about the results of a study conducted to parents born in other countries living in North Carolina about their views of child development in regards of affection, protection, safety, sense of sacrifice, limitations, punishment, love for knowledge and beauty. Second, participants will explore the most common forms of oral traditions and folklore: poetry, songs, stories, games and riddles, different cultures share during childhood. After a short writing exercise, participants will learn about the value of oral traditions from a multicultural perspective as a way to better connect to the many English Language Learners children and families coming to our educational settings.