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This article describes early childhood educators’ responses to a professional development
series aimed at helping them to understand and incorporate early learning standards for
social studies. While the primary aim of the professional development was to focus on the
social studies content standards, the secondary aim was to introduce early childhood
educators to culturally relevant pedagogical strategies that take into account the unique
learning needs of diverse children, particularly children of colour, English language
learners and children with special needs. The findings suggest that early childhood
educators can benefit from sustained professional development that not only addresses
content standards but also helps them to understand how to incorporate the standards into
their existing curriculum using developmentally and culturally appropriate pedagogy.
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