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The SAGE Handbook of Child Development, Multiculturalism, and Media

The SAGE Handbook of Child Development, Multiculturalism, and Media

June 2008 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"I suspect that this Handbook may become a 'definitive' text as we seek to include the perspectives of all types of people, to reach beyond the boundaries that have separated people of one culture from those of another, and to socialize our youth to be more multiculturally sensitive."
—Carolyn Stroman, Howard University

The SAGE Handbook of Child Development explores the multicultural development of children through the varied and complex interplay of traditional agents of socialization as well as contemporary media influences, examining how socialization practices and media content construct and teach us about diverse cultures. Editors Joy K. Asamen, Mesha L. Ellis, and Gordon L. Berry, along with chapter authors from a wide variety of disciplines, highlight how to analyze, compare, and contrast alternative perspectives of children of different cultures, domestically and globally, with the major principles and theories of child development in cognitive, socioemotional, and/or social/contextual domains. This volume will help readers evaluate ethnicity, socioeconomic, and gender issues in child development and see how these issues influence individual development as well as social policy.

Key Features

  • Provides comprehensive coverage: This handbook covers theory, research, and best practices for traditional agents of socialization such as family and home, socio-political and religious communities, and schools and peers, as well as the traditional (e.g., print and television) and newer media forms (e.g., the Internet and video games).
  • Presents multiple perspectives: A well-known and impressive list of contributors from numerous disciplines represent various theoretical orientations and offer a rich variety of viewpoints regarding research and methodological assumptions.
  • Offers versatile utility: This volume will be a valuable resource for program development, research and evaluation, or hands-on community-based projects. In addition, the practical applications will be of interest to broadcasters, public policy and advocacy groups, teachers, and other childcare professionals.

John P. Murray, Farrell J. Webb
Foreword: Multiculturalism, Media, and Money
Gordon L. Berry
Introduction: The Interface of Child Development, Multiculturalism, and Media Within a Worldview Framework
PART I. Foundations for Multicultural Concepts, Child Development Principles, and an Emerging Worldview
Ronald Takaki
1. Multiculturalism as a Cornerstone of Being in the 21st Century: A Historical Perspective
Mesha L. Ellis
2. Children and the Principles of Learning: Implications for Multicultural Development
John E. Lochman, Khiela J. Holmes, Mary Wojnaroski
3. Children and Cognition: Development of Social Schema
Sha'kema M. Blackmon, Elizabeth M. Vera
4. Ethnic and Racial Identity Development in Children of Color
Frederick T. L. Leong, Desiree Baolian Qin, Jason L. Huang
5. Research Methods Related to Understanding Multicultural Concepts
PART II. Institutions of Socialization and the Development of a Child's Multicultural Worldview
Daren A. Graves, Sherryl Brown Graves
6. Multicultural Issues in the Lives of Developing Children in the 21st Century
Sinead N. Younge, Harriette Pipes McAdoo
7. Home and Family in the Development of a Multicultural Worldview
Shelly P. Harrell, Miguel E. Gallardo
8. Socio-Political and Community Dynamics in the Development of a Multicultural Woldview
Erylene Piper-Mandy, Daryl M. Rowe
9. Changing Drum Rhythms: How Religious Leaders Can Affirm the Value of Multiculturalism in their Communities
Robert Cooper, Cheong R. Huh
10. Improving Academic Possibilities of Students of Color during the Middle School to High School Transition: Conceptual and Strategic Considerations in a U.S. Context
Evellyn Elizondo, Kimberly A. White-Smith, Walter R. Allen
11. Does Integration and Belonging Go Hand in Hand? Adolescents' Social and Educational Experiences in a Multicultural Learning Environment
Cynthia Hudley
12. The Influence of Peers on the Development of a Multicultural Worldview
PART III. Media and the Development of a Child's Multicultural Worldview
Dana Mastro, Michelle Ortiz
13. Media and Communication Theories: Implications for a Multicultural Perspective
Clint C. Wilson II, Mary J. Wilson
14. The Influence of Print Medium on the Development of a Multicultural Perspective in Children
Sherryl Browne Graves
15. Children's Television Programming and the Development of Multicultural Attitudes
Jeffrey E. Brand
16. Advertisements, Commercials, and the Development of a Child's Multicultural Worldview
Venita A. Kelley
17. Children and Television News Broadcasting: An Intercultural Communication Analytical Approach
Jannette L. Dates, Lillie M. Fears, Josephine Stedman
18. An Evaluation of the Effects of Movies on Adolescent Viewers
Peter Christenson, Tom ter Bogt
19. The Multicultural Implications of Popular Music
Khia A. Thomas, Kyla M. Day, L. Monique Ward
20. Multiculturalism and Music Videos: Effects on the Socioemotional Development of Children and Adolescents
Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer, Harvey F. Bellin
21. Electronic Media and Learning through Imaginative Games for Urban Children
Adrienne Shaw, Deborah L. Linebarger
22. The Influence of Computers, Interactive Games, and the Internet on a Child's Multicultural Worldview
Edward L. Palmer, Jennifer A. Tuttle
23. Multicultural Perspectives, Developing Children, and Access to the Information Superhighway
Darnell M. Hunt, Angela James
24. Making Sense of Kids Making Sense: Media Encounters and "Multicultural" Methods
PART IV. Perspectives on Media Literacy and the Forces that Shape the Media Experiences of Children
James A. Anderson
25. Media Literacy, the First 100 Years: A Cultural Analysis
Kevin Clark
26. Educational Settings and the Use of Technology to Promote the Multicultural Development of Children
Laurie A. Trotta
27. The Changing Landscape: Media Advocacy for the New Millennium
Christina Romano Glaubke, Patti Miller
28. Role of Parents and Caregivers in Creating a Healthy Multicultural Media Environment for Children
Jennings Bryant
Chapter 29: Media and Governmental Policies Related to the Development of Multicultural Attitudes in Children
Joy Keiko Asamen
Epilogue: The Realities of Growing Up in a Multicultural and Multimedia World
Jannette L. Dates, Josephine Stedman-Gnaka
DROPPED Chapter 14: Cinema and the Development of a Child's Multicultural Worldview
George Comstock
DROPPED Chapter 25: Social, Political, and Economic Perspectives: Implications for the Development of a Multicultural Worldview
Rosemarie T. Truglio
DROPPED Chapter 28: Public Broadcasters, Television Programming, and the Development of Multicultural Views in Children
Key features

·       Part I:  Part I provides a foundation for understanding the roots and key concepts of multi­culturalism, the cognitive processes involved in child development, and the principles as­sociated with the early acquisition of a worldview. This part also addresses the methodo­logical challenges relevant to the study of multicultural issues.  The chapters in the first part of the volume provide the prerequisite theoretical context for critically reading the chapters in the following three parts of the volume. 

·       Part II:  Part II focuses on the traditional institutional influences that contribute towards the socialization of children and their view of self and others (home and family, commu­nity and socio-political context, school, religion, and peers).  The authors who contribute to this part of the handbook are both researchers and practitioners, therefore, offer not only an overview of the scholarly literature on how these agents of socialization may contribute to the development of a multicultural worldview, but provide suggestions for how these in­stitutions may promote the development of this perspective.

·       Part III:  Part III concentrates on one of the most influential agents of socialization among children—television and other electronic and print media forms.  Given the powerful influ­ence on children, these media forms help shape the multicultural worldview of children.  The chapters in this part of the handbook discuss the various media forms in relation to the development of multicultural awareness as well as attitudes toward self and others. 

·       Part IV:  Part IV offers chapters relevant to promoting a multicultural perspective among children by various constituencies such as educators, public broadcasters, the government, advocacy groups, and parents and caregivers.  The authors who contribute to this part of the volume are scholars whose research contribute to the development of policy and serve to advocate for the multicultural worldview development of children.