By exploring the key issues, arguments and messages that exist in the field this book provides an international, comparative look at aspects of early childhood education and care. Pedagogical practices, learning cultures and the professional development of practitioners are considered within the wider political agenda of different countries. Pertinent policy and practice issues, such as numeracy and literacy, are carefully examined. The text highlights how important it is to engage with and listen to children, to provide positive learning encounters.
Divided into four parts, the book covers:
- children's learning cultures
- culture of pedagogy
- cultural perspectives on curriculum
- cultures of professional development
Chapters cover key topics such as:
- multi-sensory learning
- outdoor learning
- children's voice
- children as mentors
- literacy and mathematics
With expert contributors drawn from across the world, this book is vital reading for all those studying comparative education on early years courses.
Theodora Papatheodorou, PhD, is an early years educator and researcher.
Janet Moyles is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Education, Anglia Ruskin University and an early years consultant.
Introduction - Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles PART ONE: CHILDREN'S LEARNING CULTURES Introduction - Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Adults' Roles in Supporting Sensory Play - Sue Gascoyne Valuing Outdoor Spaces: Different Models of Outdoor Learning in the Early Years - Sara Knight The Power of Graphicacy for the Young Child - Maulfry Worthington Young Children's Perceptions of their Classroom Environment: Perspectives From England and India - Mallika Kanyal and Linda Cooper PART TWO: CULTURES OF PEDAGOGY Introduction - Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou Constructing an Inclusive Culture in Kindergartens - Eva Maagero and Birte Simonsen Pedagogic Activities for Early Education in a Child-to-Child Programme in South Africa - Mary James and Hasina Ebrahim Transition to Preschool Education in Greece: Attitudes of Parents and Educators - Anastasia Papaprokopiou and Athina Kammenou PART THREE: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON CURRICULA Introduction - Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou Teaching Linear Measurement in the Israeli Kindergarten Curriculum - Ronit Alin How Children's Books Create a Scaffold to Understanding Diversity - Patricia H. Kostell Challenging assessment - Paulette Luff PART FOUR: CULTURES OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Introduction - Janet Moyles and Theodorou Papatheodorou Colliding Discourses: Negotiating Spaces to Enact Pedagogy as an Ethical Encounter - Anne Hunt and Pam Nason The individual as inspiration: A Model for Early Years Teacher Transformation - Jill Sachs International Student Experiences: Influences on Early Childhood Practice - Carolyn Silberfeld Transformation of Early Years Provision Using Discourses for Professional Development for Practitioners - Christine Such, Julia Druce and Hazel Jennings From Parent to Practitioner: Alternative Pathways to Professionalism - Hazel R. Wright Endpiece: Where Are We Now and Where Should We Be Going? - Lilian G. Katz