The Influences of Family Structure and Culture on Child Development and the Implications for Teaching in a Multicultural and Diverse Classroom Essay

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(1000 Words) Australia’s increasingly diverse and multicultural society is producing classrooms that consist of children from varied cultural backgrounds and family configurations. To facilitate the various requirements of a multicultural and diverse classroom, teachers must understand how each student’s cultural background and family situation affects factors of the child’s physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development. The impact of culture on a range of child developmental factors including nutrition, language skills and moral beliefs; also the influence of different family configurations on developmental factors such as weight, communication and behaviour must be taken into account. Furthermore, teachers must take measures to effectively facilitate the creation of a classroom environment that is inclusive of these factors and provides developmentally appropriate practice for all students. Cultural beliefs may influence factors such as which foods are thought to be best for a child’s physical growth; whether higher emphasis is placed on English development or the family’s native language; or which morals are valued and instilled on a child. Western societies, in relation to non-western societies, have greater access to food containing harmful preservatives with low nutritional benefit (Monteiro, 2009). High intake of such foods can cause children to develop malnutrition, leading to stunted physical growth, lower motor skills, and lower IQ (Berk, 2008). To combat this, teachers could promote healthy eating through education regarding nutrition (McDevitt, Ormrod, Cupit, Chandler & Aloa, 2013), or implement a breakfast program that provides fresh fruits and healthy snacks. Through education, students are more capable of making healthy choices and improve their physical development and their future. While some cultures do not originate from English

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