Cultural Communication

Thinking about all of the different groups that I interact with, the only difference I could think of besides race, is religion. I work at a Catholic school and I am not Catholic. When I first started working at the Catholic school, I would ask my Catholic co-worker that I worked closely with several questions about the religion, due this situation being new to me. I’ve always had my “opinions” of Catholics based off of television of course, but nothing compares to actually being emerged in the experience. I have worked at this school for the past four years and I still ask questions about the Catholic religion from time to time. J I absolutely love working there.

Children-Praying :-)

I did not have to change how I talked to my Catholic co-worker when I asked her questions about her religion. She was very happy to answer them, she even asked me questions about how certain things worked in the Baptist church. At times it was as if we were comparing religions with each other. I did notice that we shared a mutual understanding of each other’s way of worshiping God, and we were both respectful of that.

The three strategies, that I used and I can still use to help improve my communication with my Catholic co-workers are:

  1. Be mindful- I have to be mindful that, even thought we BOTH believe in God, the Catholics do different things that I am not use to and I need to be respectful of the difference. (Beebe, S. A., Beebe, S. J., & Redmond, M. V., p.108)
  2. Avoid negative judgments- I had to throw out all of the negative thoughts out that I had about Catholics because it is not fair for me to pre-maturely judge a group of people off of one person. (Beebe, S. A., Beebe, S. J., & Redmond, M. V., p. 108)
  3. Listen and Ask Questions- This method is very helpful, once I listened to how and why Catholics do certain things, I realized my church practice the same practices just different aspects of them. (Beebe, S. A., Beebe, S. J., & Redmond, M. V., p.106)

Reference

Beebe, S. A., Beebe, S. J., & Redmond, M. V. (2011). Interpersonal communication: Relating to others (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Communication via Television

Instant Mom

The television show I chose to watch quietly was Instant Mom- “Babysitter” episode, it’s a show on Nickelodeon about a a young lady, Stephanie, who marries a father of three children. Stephanie struggles with trying to gain the children respect, while also adjusting to motherhood.

While observing the non-verbal communication, I noticed a lot of hostility among the children, Gabby, James and Aaron. I also noticed some hostility among Stephanie and her husband Charlie. Just off of observing the non-verbal communication, I noticed that Stephanie and Charlie were a little upset with each other.

Once I re-watched the show with the words, I did realize that I was correct. James was giving Gabby a hard time because he did not want to listen to her, because she was put in charge while the parents were gone. Charlie and Stephanie were also being harsh towards each other because Charlie did not want Gabby to babysit her brothers, and Stephanie said she could be the babysitter. While the kids were arguing James decided to text the dad asking him if Gabby had to tell him what to do and he said no. Gabby texted Stephanie and told her what happened, there fore causing Stephanie to be upset with Charlie because he went behind her back and undermined her authority.

I do not think my observations would have been different because it was pretty my obvious, or at least I thought they were obvious. It was a really cute show! 🙂

Effective Communicator…

OPRAH WINFREY 

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The person whose communication skills I chose to talk about is Oprah Winfrey! I really love how she address issues that impact every one, across the board! She also talks to everyone with respect and understand, I can not think of a time where it appeared Oprah was talking in a manner where some people may become offended. 

I would love to model my communication skills after her!  She is very passionate about every topic that she walks about, she stays current with all of the current events that are happening in the world. Now even though I like how Oprah presents her topics or issues, I might not always agree with what she has to say, but what I have noticed is even when she does not agree with a particular person, she takes the agree to disagree approach.  

When I think of Research……

I would like to thank my colleagues for all of the wonderful support and feedback! It was truly appreciated! I wish you much success with your personal and professional endeavors! 🙂 

  • What insights have you gained about research from taking this course?

I have gained a lot of wonderful useful and valuable information in regards to research. I have learned things that I did not know were related to research. I have learned new terms, which have also helped me gained a better understanding of research and the research lingo.

  • In what ways have your ideas about the nature of doing research changed?

My ideas of research have changed a lot. I have learned that there are multiple steps and aspects to research. I have also learned that you have to know you ethical laws and limits when you are conducting research.

  • What lessons about planning, designing, and conducting research in early childhood did you learn?

The lessons that I have learned about planning, designing and conducting research in early childhood are you have to take into account the ethical laws and limits when you are dealing with people especially children. I have learned that you have to make sure the questions are not to personal, while making sure you receive the right amount of information to properly conduct your research.

  • What were some of the challenges you encountered—and in what ways did you meet them?

A specific challenge that I encountered was finding a research topic! I think in the beginning I was over thinking the assignment, over thinking the topic, over thinking the information that I wanted to find. I was all over the place. I have so many questions that I would like to have answered when it comes to advancing or improving an early childhood program, that I become over whelmed with ideas and the ideas suddenly become one big mess.

  • What are some of the ways your perceptions of an early childhood professional have been modified as a result of this course?

Learning how to properly conduct research that involves early childhood students has modified my perceptions of an early childhood professional. I have learned to make sure I have my questions follow along with the ethics guidelines, make sure I have the parents consent and involvement incorporated within the research.

 

Research Around the World

The country I decided to look at was Australia. I am curious to see how they handle Early Childhood Down Under! 🙂

http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/

The current INTERNATIONAL research topics I noticed were….

                         1. Education                            6. Cultural Responsiveness

2. Respect                               7. Integrity

   3. Honesty                               8. Democracy

  4. Justice                                 9. Inclusivity

5. Social Responsiveness     10. Courage

I also noticed that Australia also had the same standards as the United States

such as

To create and maintain a safe healthy environment for learning and developing,

to develop positive relationships based on mutual trust and open communication and

to develop partnerships with families, just to name a few.

The surprising facts that I gained while exploring Australia’s Early Education Website, is that the teachers have a long list of categories that they have to take into consideration while working with early childhood students, which are the relationships with students, families, colleagues, communities, students, employer, being professional and how to act while conducting research.

Research that Benefits Children and Families-Uplifting Stories

Reading is Fundamental!!!! 🙂 

The topic I chose to talk about is The Importance of Reading to Early Childhood Students!

Children Reading Books

Reading to a child during their early childhood years helps to plant a seed that will later blossom into becoming an advent reader. Reading to early childhood students  will also help build or boost their vocabulary, while helping to develop writing skills.

“Reading with young children is an easy way to connect with them and teach them invaluable words and language skills. Books with pictures and age-appropriate words hold a young child’s attention, and adding sound effects of funny voices can make reading time even more special.” (United Way)

Reference:

http://www.unitedwayhaysco.org/importance-early-childhood-readingeducation

http://www.earlychildhoodnews.com/earlychildhood/article_home.aspx?ArticleID=216

Your Personal Research Journal

The topic choice the I have selected to do my research on is the affects of poverty on social, emotional and educational development in early childhood students based off of their relationships with their families, teachers and communities.

I chose this topic because I have always heard “It takes a village to raise a child”, I want to see how true this quote is. I want to see how much of an academic and self esteem boost will an early childhood student receive just by having their parents, teachers and community working together to help them prepare for a successful future. 

I would love to receive feedback that can help advance my topic or research information.