White Early Childhood Educators Discussing Race and Gender: What’s There and what’s Missing?

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25th Annual RECE Conference: Finding a Home in the World: Migration, Indigeneity, and Citizenship


The current study explored anti-bias practices surrounding race and gender of two White, female early childhood educators working with 4.5-5 year-old children. A survey measuring racial and gender attitudes was administered; educators were interviewed and observed. Although racial diversity was present in books and classroom materials, educators largely took a colormute approach –race was visible, but not audible. However, based on the survey data, both educators disagreed with colorblind ideologies. Educators felt comfortable countering gender-stereotypes; however, they also reinforced stereotypes through the use of gender labels. Survey responses indicated that educators were not aware of these practices



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