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Rachel Boit Module
Course Name: Child, Family and Community
Module Title: GLOBAL CONNECTION Project
Module Description: Prior to watching the video titled BABIES, students will be required to write assumptions they have about child rearing practices in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan and the USA. They will also locate these countries on the world map. Watch the one hour fifteen minute minute video and individually write down details of their observations regarding child rearing in the four different countries. As a culminating activity, the students will work on groups of fours comparing what their assumptions were and doing a detailed analysis of the video. They will then perform a presentation with a display/showcase of their findings. The topics to discuss may include, but not limited to the following: birth, Play environments, food, role of parents and siblings, hygiene, opportunities for learning, Child development etc.
Global Learning Outcomes Addressed: Knowledge: Understands his/her culture in global and comparative context (recognizes that his/her culture is one of many diverse cultures & that alternative perceptions & behaviors may be based in cultural differences)
Time Required: This is a one week project
Resources: Video: Everybody loves...BABIES. Focus Features

Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)www.acei.org

UNICEF "The State of the World's Children"
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Rachel-- What a wonderful ideal! After previewing the film, it seems like it’s a wonderful way to get early childhood education majors to think globally in regards to the social, physical, and emotional development of children around the world. Moreover, I think this video and the accompanying reflection activity you’ve designed, encourages students to think about global inequality and issues of social justice. For instance, the unequal access to food, water, and security some mothers face- and the implications of this on childhood development. In all of our differences, a focus on our world’s most endearing and important resource, babies- is a great way to foster a global perspective. Cheers, Brad

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I agree with Brad. This is a god unit to get students thinking about diversity. The use of the video is a great way to supplement the activity

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Comment from Ruth Oswald: Rachel, I like the way you begin with students' assumptions prior to the viewing of the film, Babies. This is important to activate prior knowledge, and then it's great that you have them return to examining these initial assumptions after viewing the movie and taking notes. I also love that this activity generates universal themes, especially motherhood!

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Great idea--how might this then intersect with our society's normative ideas about child rearing and ultimately the universality of human rights (rather than a relativistic stance)?

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Rachel’s “Global Connection Project” is helpful for pre-service teachers to be engaged in collaborative and cooperative learning activities to raise awareness of their own cultural blind spots and expand their cultural horizons. This module starts with pre-service teachers’ identifying and acknowledging their assumptions regarding child rearing in varied cultural contexts. Viewing the BABIES film then can serve as a springboard to debunk stereotypes or myths of child raring in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan and the USA. Viewing BABIES could also be helpful to challenge pre-service teachers’ normative perceptions of child rearing and to assist them in appreciating varied methods of child rearing. -Huey-li Li