International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care

International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care

By: Jan Georgeson (author), Jane Payler (author)Paperback

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There is a growing interest in understanding how early years care and education is organised and experienced internationally. This book examines key influential approaches to early years care as well as some less well-known systems from around the world. In particular the book aims to: Inform those studying early years about perspectives in other countries Encourage critical thinking about issues, influences and the complexities of early years provision around the world Promote critical reflection on students' own provision and the current context of that provisionEach chapter provides an overview of early years provision and explores historical and current influences in context, as well as offering insights into daily life through short vignettes, longer case studies and commentary from practitioners. Whilst many approaches - such as Reggio Emilia, Te Whariki and Head Start - are widely admired, it is important for reflective practitioners to understand the motivation which gave rise to these influential approaches in their original context. Additionally, broadening understanding through information on less widely known systems, the book provides students with a good grounding in the international context of early years, the provenance of different early years approaches and principles, and the influences on their own countries' provision. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, the book is designed to meet the needs of students studying modules related to international perspectives on a range of foundation, bachelor and master's degrees in early years.

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Jan Georgeson is Research Fellow at Plymouth University. Jane Payler is Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Winchester.


Part One: Setting the scene The importance of international perspectives Widening awareness of international approaches: an imperative for twenty-first-century early years practitioners? International recognition of children's rights and its influence on early childhood education and care: the case of Zambia Part Two: How approaches have developed Embedding early childhood education and care in the socio-cultural context: the case of Italy The new face of early childhood in the United States A critique of euro-centric perspectives on early childhood education and care in the Gambia Estonia: socio-historic and political influences on the early childhood education and care system Early childhood education in Norway and Sweden today: education for democracy Part Three: Workforce issues South Africa: who are the early years practitioners and where do they work? The quest for quality early childhood education and care: leadership in a changing political context in England and Hong Kong India: early childhood educators in changing patterns of early childhood education and care Early childhood education and care in the Czech Republic: recent developments within a changing society Part Four: Putting it into practice; curriculum and pedagogy Day to day in Italian preschools: environments for learning and development A day in the life of a New Zealand kindergarten teacher: a curriculum of open possibilities HighScope today: pedagogy for learning and development China: pedagogy today and the move towards creativity Canada: developing an ethical pedagogy and curriculum Diverse theories for diverse learners? The Australian early years learning framework Using Leuven observation and assessment tools to investigate outdoor provision Hungary: kindergarten as a public education institution The Japanese view of nature and its implications for the teaching of science in the early childhood years Early childhood education and care in the UK: piecemeal development through philanthropy, propagation, pluralism and pragmatism

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/03/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780335245918
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780335245918
  • weight: 1
  • ISBN10: 0335245919

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