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How Young Children Perceive Race

How Young Children Perceive Race

Volume: 12
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Ethnic Studies

146 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Using the results of a participant observation study, Robyn M Holmes illustrates how young children learn about ethnic identity. Unlike many previous studies, performed in experimental and contrived settings, the author worked with children in a kindergarten environment. The resulting account uses the children's own words and drawings to illustrate their beliefs and understanding about race and ethnicity. Particular issues addressed include: how children understand group boundaries; view their selves; and develop an ethnic component of friendship, romance and procreation.
Field Methods
Working with Children

The Elementary Schools
Categories and Cognition
Conceptions of Self
Friendship and Ethnicity
Procreation and Race

Robyn M. Holmes

Robyn M. Holmes is a Professor of Psychology and Associated Faculty member in the History and Anthropology Department at Monmouth University. Her teaching and research interests reflect interdisciplinary and cultural perspectives. Her research which often involves her students includes play, recess, children’s cognition, and early childhood education. Her recent research explores the connections between play, culture, and learning. She is the author of the Oxford work, Cultural psychology: Exploring culture and mind in diverse communities and the Sage works, How young children perceive race and Fieldwork with children. Other works include... More About Author