Publication Date

2014

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Karen Blanchard

Abstract

This study was created as a way to highlight and begin filling a large void in academic information regarding the ways caregivers engage in social justice with the toddlers they care for. Through an online survey, participants were asked to explain their role and experience as caregivers, give their definition of social justice, share the social justice resources they use to help inform their engagement with toddlers, and list the limitations and barriers they face in achieving their goals in this area. Participants were also asked to assess their value of various elements commonly used to engage toddlers in social justice. These elements were separated into five categories; social justice in the learning environment, social justice in the community, directly teaching social justice, relating with social justice, and modeling social justice.

My research suggests that caregivers know more than they realize and with a bit of support they will feel confidant exploring social justice issues with their toddlers. This study will encourage more social justice researchers to focus on toddlers to help fill the lack of academic and empirical work focused on this important, impressionable age group.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education