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Keywords

Culturally responsive; Curriculum; Curriculum planning; Early childhood; Early childhood education; Education, Rural; Multicultural; Multicultural education; Rural; Rural schools

Abstract

This study investigated the use of multicultural curricula in early childhood programs (licensed and licensed-exempt) in rural communities in Wyoming. In previous studies, little attention has focused on the nature of multicultural education in rural schools. This study specifically explored the ways in which existing instructional strategies and curricula were utilized to address the diverse learning needs of young children, and the ways in which culture and race are embraced and celebrated in early childhood programs in rural communities. Data showed a positive correlation (r= .45 p = < .01) between national accreditation of early childhood programs and the availability and use of multicultural curricula.


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