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NEW edition—all the latest on working with diverse families

Developing Cross-Cultural Competence
A Guide for Working with Children and Their Families, Fourth Edition
Edited by Eleanor W. Lynch, Ph.D., San Diego State University, & Marci J. Hanson, Ph.D., San Francisco State University

“Updated examples help to clearly position this book in the complexities of the 21st century. This text should be required reading ... we all need to deepen our understandings of the role of culture in our professional lives.” —Linda M. Espinosa, Ph.D., former professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri–Columbia

“Avoids stereotyping, while at the same time providing a much needed window into common beliefs and perceptions that may be held by a diverse range of families. From intake through service delivery this volume will serve as invaluable guide to helping practitioners build strong and respectful relationships with the families and children they serve.” —Lillian K. Durán, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Special Education & Rehabilitation, Utah State University

As the U.S. population grows more and more diverse, how can professionals who work with young children and families deliver the best services while honoring different customs, beliefs, and values? The answers are in the fourth edition of this bestselling textbook, fully revised to reflect nearly a decade of population changes and best practices in culturally competent service delivery.

The gold-standard text on cross-cultural competence, this book has been widely adopted by college faculty and trusted as a reference by in-service practitioners for almost 20 years. For this timely NEW edition (see box), the highly regarded authors have carefully updated and expanded every chapter while retaining the basic approach and structure that made the previous editions so popular. Professionals will

  • Get a primer on cultural competence. Readers will examine how their own cultural values and beliefs shape their professional practice, how the worldviews of diverse families may affect their perceptions of programs and services, and how providers can communicate more effectively with families from different cultural backgrounds.

  • Deepen their understanding of cultural groups. Learn from in-depth chapters with nuanced, multifaceted explorations of nine different cultural backgrounds: Anglo-European, American Indian, African American, Latino, Asian, Filipino, Native Hawaiian and Samoan, Middle Eastern, and South Asian. Readers will get up-to-date insights on history, demographics, traditions, values, and family structure, and they'll examine the diverse ways each culture approaches child rearing, medical care, education, and disability.

  • Discover better ways to serve families. Readers will get concrete recommendations for providing more effective, sensitive, and culturally competent services to children and families. They'll find practical guidance for every step in the service delivery process, from initiating contact with families to implementing and evaluating services. Vivid case stories and photos bring the principles of cultural competence to life, and the helpful appendixes give professionals quick access to cultural courtesies and customs, key vocabulary words, significant cultural events and holidays, and more. Plus an expanded list of resources points readers to books, films, theater, and other media that will enhance their understanding of other cultures.

Equally valuable as a textbook and a reference for practicing professionals, this comprehensive book will prepare early interventionists and other professionals to work effectively with families whose customs, beliefs, and values may differ from their own.

What's New
  • Revised chapter on African American roots

  • Every chapter thoroughly updated and expanded

  • Expanded coverage of disabilities

  • More on spiritual and religious diversity

  • Strategies for helping families make decisions about language use (English-only vs. preservation of native language)

Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: A Guide for Working with Children and Their Families, Fourth Edition

ISBN 978-1-59857-163-9
568 pages /7 x 10
2011 /$49.95
Stock# 71639

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors
For the Reader


Chapter 1. Diversity in Service Settings
Marci J. Hanson

Chapter 2. Conceptual Framework: From Culture Shock to Cultural Learning
Eleanor W. Lynch

Chapter 3. Developing Cross-Cultural Competence
Eleanor W. Lynch


Chapter 4. Families with Anglo-European Roots
Marci J. Hanson

Chapter 5. Families with American Indian Roots
Jennie R. Joe & Randi Suzanne Malach

Chapter 6. Families with African American Roots
Tawara D. Goode, Wendy Jones, & Vivian Jackson

Chapter 7. Families with Latino Roots
Maria E. Zuniga

Chapter 8. Families with Asian Roots
Sam Chan & Deborah Chen

Chapter 9. Families with Filipino Roots
Rosa Milagros Santos & Sam Chan

Chapter 10. Families with Native Hawaiian and Samoan Roots
Noreen Mokuau & Pemerika Tauili'ili

Chapter 11. Families with Middle Eastern Roots
Virginia-Shirin Sharifzadeh

Chapter 12. Families with South Asian Roots
Namita Jacob

Postlude: Children of Many Songs: Diversity Within the Family
Eleanor W. Lynch & Marci J. Hanson


Chapter 13: Steps in the Right Direction: Implications for Service Providers
Eleanor W. Lynch & Marci J. Hanson

Suggested Reading and Resources

Author Index
Subject Index

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