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Title: Racism? Surely not
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: The early childhood profession is underpinned by a philosophy that respects and reinforces equality. The role of early childhood professionals in delivering culturally competent services is identified in the Early Years Learning Framework. However, recent critique of the concepts underpinning Closing the Gap, concepts of social inclusion and cultural competency, identify inherent racism that impacts on our ability to achieve the aspirations identified in Closing the Gap. Recent research argues that racism is still strong in Australia as it is in other western nations, though its form is different than in the past. This research posits denial of racism results in a form of racism that positions the hegemonic white culture as a benchmark against which other cultures are evaluated. Silencing the voices of those identifying racism serves to support the denial of its existence. In this paper I reflect on the critiques presented in this body of research and speculate on its implications for early childhood professionals working with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(1), p. 89-93
Publisher: Early Childhood Australia Inc
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1836-9391
Field of Research (FOR): 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940104 Carers Development and Welfare
940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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