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    Cultural influence on peer relationships in early childhood settings

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    Summary: Cultural study conducted in China led to the suggestion that early childhood settings are subjected to creating an empowering and enabling sociocultural milieu that is capable of providing immigrant children with opportunities that are encouraging for intercultural ways of learning besides overall development.

    Source: International journal of equity and innovation in early childhood.

    The word Cultural practices refers to a shared perceptions of people’s routine behavior, in the context of the society or in a culture (similar types of terms like cultural practice is inter subjective perceptions or descriptive norms) and it is also inclusive of the values that are shared ideals of a culture or the injunctive norms.

    Cultural influence on peer relationships in early childhood settings

    A specific study was conducted to present a cultural perspective of the peer relationship in that of young children. The above mentioned study was done through reporting a group of Chinese immigrant children’s learning experiences, that occurs with their peers of the same cultural backgrounds.

    The study takes into consideration the English dominant early childhood contexts, it goes on to reveal that the sharing of a similar cultural heritage among children may play the key role in the development of relationships among the young children, as perceived in the diverse cultural learning communities.

    This particular work draws in from the perspectives of socio-culture as well as the culture theory. Central to the argument of the author is the contextual dimension of culture. This dimension gives an explanatory structure that allows the understanding of immigrant children’s formation of home-culture oriented peer togetherness as well as peer culture within the paradigm of spheres that are English dominant.

    From the author’s perspective, it is recognized that the children’s responses to their peers are both subject to the relationship between different cultures and the influences of their home cultures.

    The notion of cultural relationship forms the most important dimension of this particular work. The work indicates that early childhood settings are intended to create an empowering and enabling sociocultural milieu that is capable of providing immigrant children with opportunities that are encouraging for intercultural ways of learning besides overall development.

    Published: International journal of equity and innovation in early childhood.

    Contact: Karen Liang Guo, Waikato University, 2011.

    Details: Image source IStock.

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