Discussion Forum

The Discussions in this course are conducted in groups. Please see the Announcements area for grouping information from your instructor. Click on the Discussion Forum link below, then click on the link to your assigned group’s thread. Be sure to check for an updated Announcement at the beginning of each week as your instructor may elect to periodically update grouping assignments.The conversation between the three early childhood professionals in the media segment “In Support of Family Diversity” introduced some key topics related to culture and to the dynamic interactions between family cultures and culture in general. Review the media segment, listen to the spirited conversation between the three panelists, and then reflect specifically on the following: In what ways do the panelists define “culture”? What do they suggest is the nature of “power,” and in what ways are power and culture related? What is “surface culture,” and what are some limitations of knowing only “surface culture?” In what ways do the panelists define and discuss “family culture?” What are some of the consequences for children and families if they experience incongruence between their family culture and the dominant culture? What implications for early childhood professionals do the panelists suggest?By Day 3Post: A brief response to at least four of the questions above One new idea, insight, or question related to culture, family culture, or diversity based on your reaction to the panel discussion A brief explanation why you think this idea, insight, or question enhances your understanding of cultural diversity and the diversity of family cultures

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