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Research has shown that children as young as three are receptive to the attitudes of those around them and can exhibit racist or social bias. Discuss how picture books can be used in Early Years settings to combat prejudice and deficit thinking to encourage the development of empathy and socially just attitudes in young children.
Your essay should refer to three picture-books on the course. It should be informed by the picture-book theory and social justice theory. At least five references are required. The three picture books that must be discussed are: (1) The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
(2) I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox
(3) The Romanian Builder by Peter Prendergast
Child Development and Early Learning
The domains of child development and early learning are discussed in different terms and categorized in different ways in the various fields and disciplines that are involved in research, practice, and policy related to children from birth through age 8. To organize the discussion in this report, the committee elected to use the approach and overarching terms depicted in Figure 4-1. The committee does not intend to present this as a single best set of terms or a single best categorical organization. Indeed, it is essential to recognize that the domains shown in Figure 4-1 are not easily separable and that a case can be made for multiple different categorizations. For example, different disciplines and researchers have categorized different general cognitive processes under the categorical term “executive function.” General cognitive processes also relate to learning competencies such as persistence and engagement. Similarly, self-regulation has both cognitive and emotional dimensions. It is sometimes categorized as a part of executive function, as a part of socioemotional competence, or as a part of learning competencies. Attention and memory could be considered a part of general cognitive processes, as embedded within executive function, or linked to learning competencies related to persistence. Mental health is closely linked to socioemotional competence, but is also inseparable from health.
The challenge of cleanly separating these concepts highlights a key attribute of all of these domains, which is that they do not develop or operate in isolation. Each enables and mutually supports learning and development in the others. Therefore, the importance of the interactions among the domains is emphasized throughout this chapter. For example, socioemotional