Cultural influence on peer relationships in early childhood settings

Guo, Karen 2011, Cultural influence on peer relationships in early childhood settings, International journal of equity and innovation in early childhood (IJEIEC), vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-16.

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Title Cultural influence on peer relationships in early childhood settings
Author(s) Guo, KarenORCID iD for Guo, Karen
Journal name International journal of equity and innovation in early childhood (IJEIEC)
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Melbourne University
Place of publication Melbourne Vic.
Publication date 2011-11-16
ISSN 1448-6318
Summary This paper presents a cultural perspective of young children’s peer relationships. Through reporting on a study of a group of Chinese immigrant children’s learning experiences with peers of the same cultural backgrounds in English dominant early childhood contexts, it reveals that the sharing of a similar cultural heritage may play an important role in the development of relationships for young children in diverse cultural learning communities. This paper is written from the perspectives of socioculture and culture theory. Central to my argument is the contextual dimension of culture. This dimension provides an explanatory structure for understanding immigrant children’s formation of home-culture oriented peer togetherness and peer culture within the paradigm of English dominant spheres. My position is to recognize that the children’s responses to peers are both subject to the influences of their home cultures, and the relationship between different cultures. The notion of cultural relationship is important in this paper, leading to the suggestion that early childhood settings should create an enabling and empowering sociocultural milieu that provides immigrant children with opportunities for intercultural ways of learning and development.
Language eng
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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