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Language and identity in multicultural settings: ethnographic case studies of an early years centre and reception classes

Author(s) Hatt, A. & Issa, T.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This paper explores various support strategies to support language and identity in multicultural settings, as used by an inner London Early Years' Centre. Ten nursery aged children from a variety of backgrounds with different needs were chosen for an ethnographic case study. The centre takes pride in its multicultural ethos and a number of good practice is observed, but how inclusive is the practice in supporting children's cultural and linguistic experiences? How can children's multiple identities be supported in a multicultural nurseries? Can children adopt to a new set of value systems while maintaining their own? The paper explores these key issues.

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