Anti-Bias Approaches in Curriculum

What does bias look like to you? What does anti-bias look like? In your setting, does thinking about ‘doing’ anti-bias send a thrill up your spine? … does it challenge, or even mystify you?

Whether you tip-toe or jump with a splash into the 4th edition of The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood, you will find vivid and varied realities and perspectives that serve to deepen your anti-bias practice and make your curriculum not only high quality, but high equity.

In the very first chapter, you’ll discover the revised version of the Anti-Bias Goals, which reflect the changing nature and expression of contemporary identities. You’ll explore how the new set of Anti-Bias Actions can brilliantly guide the integration of anti-bias approaches across all of your practices. This chapter is also sprinkled with prompts for you to dip into other parts of the book for some sparkling research, practice and examples for creating your anti-bias curriculum.

The four Anti-Bias Goals centre anti-bias approaches as the foundation of all of your educational, operational and curriculum practices. This first chapter sends a call to all, and builds beautiful beginnings with the Anti-Bias Goals for children, educators, families and community.

  • Read how, as an educator, in considering your own identities, attitudes, privileges and experiences of bias, you’ll become better prepared to work in ways that promote equity in diversity.
  • Explore how to collaborate with children through the Anti-Bias Goals, and view, through your anti-bias lenses, their relationships, and their understandings of identity, bias, privilege and power.
  • Consider ways to build lively places and spaces for families, children and educators to deepen relationships within an anti-bias approach. Support families to feel safe to share their fears as they learn more about the benefits to their children of anti-bias environments.
  • Adjust your anti-bias gaze across the multiple worlds that children inhabit. Whether building relationships with community, or advocating within it for children and for change, the entwingled nature of world issues in the lives of children, families and educators challenges us to act beyond our setting’s front doors!

This rousing call to act understandably leads us to the six Anti-Bias Actions – energisingly powerful long-term ways of integrating the Anti-Bias Goals within your everyday practices. The Anti-Bias Actions involve practising an Acknowledgement of Country as foundational, taking action in reconciliation and against racism, and having the Anti-Bias Goals as an explicit basis of our philosophy, policies, and places. They ensure equity drives inclusion practice, and shape our pedagogy through understanding worldviews, theories and cosmologies that dovetail with the Anti-Bias Goals.  

With the Anti-Bias Goals and Actions clear, the ‘doing’ is an already familiar progression of critical reflection, discussion and planning, documenting, reviewing and revisiting! This work is not a destination, or an ‘add on’, but an ethical collaboration – and this chapter charts a course for a deep and exciting pedagogical journey together! One on which we, as advocates for change, can celebrate the growth of creative climates in which diversities and differences can flourish equitably.

Anti-bias approaches are integral to where we are, who we are, and what we do, but they also help us change systems and structures that perpetuate bias. They are action!! Individually or collectively, this chapter will inspire you to wholeheartedly engage with anti-bias approaches in every part of your curriculum!

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