Comparative Early Childhood Education Services: International Perspectives

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

EditorJudith Duncan, Sarah Te Te One

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This edited international collection re-conceptualizes the place of early childhood education and care services (ECEC) within communities and challenges traditional approaches to family involvement and partnerships in ECEC. Using a range of theoretical positions, the authors present research-based discussions from five countries which challenge existing ECEC discourses of child-centeredness. In this book teachers, a range of professionals working with children, and researchers explore pedagogy in ECEC as sites for building socially just, inclusive, democratic communities that enhance families' sense of belonging, connectedness, resilience, and identity.

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This edited international collection re-conceptualizes the place of early childhood education and care services (ECEC) within communities and challenges traditional approaches to family involvement and partnerships in ECEC. Using a range of theoretical positions, the authors present research-based discussions from five countries which ...

Judith Duncan is an associate professor of Education in the School of Maori, Social and Cultural Studies, at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Sarah Te One is a lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.64 × 5.68 × 0.8 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023011976X

ISBN - 13:9780230119765

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Judith Duncan and Sarah Te One * Building communities: Begins in the early years - Judith Duncan * Working with strengths: Building resilience in communities and families - Robyn Munford * Families and young children in Arizona: Stories from a contextualized statewide study - Beth Blue Swadener, Jamie Joanou, and Dawn Holiday * Beyond heteronormativity: Hospitality as curriculum - Debora Lee * Integrated Services in Australia - Jennifer Sumsion, Fraces Press, and Sandie Wong * Disturbing cultures of incarceration: Resilience, the struggle for normality and the imprisoned family - Rachel Holmes, Liz Jones, and Maggie MacLure * Creating community through connections in SPACE (Supporting Parents Alongside Children's Education) - Sarah Te One and Val Podmore * Active adult participation in early childhood centres: Community well-being - Judith Duncan * Collaborative play as new methodology: Co-constructing knowledge of early child development in The CHILD Project - Hillel Goelman and Jayne Pivik * Conclusion and final comments - Judith Duncan

Editorial Reviews

"This book challenges an image of early childhood services that has come to dominate much of the international literature. That challenge is both welcome—and necessary." - Alan Pence, UNESCO Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care, and Development; Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria; Director, Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU) "Te One and Duncan's pedigree in kindergarten teaching, political advocacy, community development, research, and early childhood teacher education provides an impeccable background for inspiring a similar group of activist writers to question, challenge, critique, and trouble our beliefs, our policies, and our practices that currently form the pedagogies of early childhood education centres (ECEC) in the early twenty-first century. During the twentieth century early childhood education moved beyond its radical experiments into the mainstream of education provision by the state. But there are some troubling aspects of this shift. Te One and Duncan, editors of this volume, provide a case for a radical re-conceptualizing and rethinking of the place and role of ECEC in our society." - Helen May, professor, College of Education, University of Otago