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Cultural Influences on Child Development

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Jody Lakey

on 16 January 2015

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Cultural Influences on Child Development

Social Impact
Children always seem like they are drawn to other children.
The social component of culture can be very different based on which culture you may be looking at.
Some cultures embrace the concept of children in a group setting which effectively helps them with thir Social-Emotional competencies.
Groark, C., McCarthy, S. & Kirk, A. (2014). Early child development: From theory to practice. Bridgepoint Education: San Diego, CA.
Han, H., & Thomas, M. (2010). No Child Misunderstood: Enhancing Early Childhood Teachers’ Multicultural Responsiveness to the Social Competence of Diverse Children. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37(6), 469-476. doi:10.1007/s10643-009-0369-1
Physical Impact
Cultural Aspects of Child Development
People in our world are more diverse now than ever before.
There are several aspects of culture that can help aid in children's development as well as help further their own understanding and knowledge.
Children are able to learn best when they are in a safe and familiar environment and there are many ways of incorporating different cultures into the classroom.
Emotional Impact
Cultures also display emotions in a much different manner.
Many cultures encourage chidlren to express their feelings as a means of alleviation so that children don't build up strong emotions inside of them.
Some cultures believe that children shouldn't express themselves in any situation.
Cognitive Impact
Jody Lakey
ECE 205
Instructor Danielle Blend
January 15, 2015

Based on a child's culture, there are several physical activities available that would help promote physical development.
Some cultures even put a larger emphasis on physical endurance and strength over other functions such as cognitive.
Cognitive functions differ widely based on an individual, let alone an entire culture.
Culture can impact children Cognitively simply by showing them another way to think.
When children are exposed to a variety of cultures, they are able to learn more than they could simply keeping to their own culture.
Culture is important to me as a professional from the viewpoint that I am able to teach more depending on how much I know. The more I learn from other cultures is more information I can teach.
There has been many instances in where I've seen that people are concerned with diversity even though they won't admit it. Having a multiculturally diverse classroom has given me several opportunities for growth as a professional.
Seeing people, who live so differently, come together for a common goal is one of the greatest feelings in the world, especially when that goal is their child's education.
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