Diversity Sensitive Pedagogy
What is "diversity sensitive" pedagogy?
Children construct their cultural identity, their individuality and their group affiliation in relation to their family and closest members of their community. Awareness of other cultural influences develops in children based on their understanding of their own experiences. As they expand their experiences in a diverse environment, for instance by getting to know more children and families through kindergarten, they will learn more about who they are and the world they live in.
For young children, culture is not abstract. Culture is lived and learned through everyday experiences and through ways in which family and community members relate to one another; through language, family histories, and values, as well as household practices and traditions. (Cummins, 2001).
It is important to understand what shapes your child’s cultural identity and sense of self with all the above considered. There are many different influences throughout your child’s live that will contribute and consistently modify your child’s sense of identity. Especially in a multilingual and multicultural environment, supporting your child in seeing who they are, who or what plays a big part in their lives and where they are coming from is fundamental to understanding and exploring all the different facets that their lives are made of and the ones of others. Children need to be met with a diversity sensitive and culturally appreciative attitude in order for them to explore and broaden their understanding of the diversity that is surrounding them in their kindergarten and outside of the kindergarten. The kindergarten's `diverse sensitive curriculum´ can play a big role in this and so it can be helpful to ask about the curriculum in order to potentially support the kindergarten and vice versa.