Culture, diversity, and school-safety programs
Bussey, Jennifer Lena
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The purpose of this study was to analyze the cultural considerations and influences when teaching the radKIDS curriculum to diverse kindergarten students with the aim of increasing knowledge of safety and empowerment about bullying and abuse. The study used a case study methodology to explore the experiences of four teacher participants involved with the program, eight parent stakeholders affiliated with the program, and one hundred students participating in the program. The motivation for this study came from the lack of research available exploring child-focused programs developed for culturally diverse children. Participants in the study felt that the radKIDS program was appropriate for teaching diverse students safety concepts, however, cultural considerations should also be implemented into the curriculum of the program. These interventions included teaching the difference between corporal punishment and abuse, and having a bilingual co-facilitator, if needed, for students with intensive English language barriers.