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Potts, Miriam – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
In this colloquium, the author responds artistically to Bone and Blaise's article "An uneasy assemblage: Prisoners, animals, asylum-seeking children and posthuman packaging," published in "Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood in 2015" (EJ1058615), continuing their trajectory of "different kinds of images than those…
Descriptors: Reader Response, Early Childhood Education, Ethics, Material Development
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Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
In this brief colloquium, the authors consider a reconfiguring of quality and how this has impacted on practice in an early years setting. They demonstrate how their move from a formal quantitative strategic plan for the setting to their current narrative version, known as "Violet's Story", contributes to the academic debate of quality…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Story Telling, Humanism, Models
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Mackey, Glynne; Hill, Diti; De Vocht, Lia – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
In this article, the authors opine that the introduction of an international assessment of children's early learning, such as proposed by the OECD with its planned International Early Learning Study, will shift the emphasis away from pedagogies which focus on that which is meaningful and relevant in children's lives and their learning, to an…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Quality
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Carr, Margaret; Mitchell, Linda; Rameka, Lesley – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
In this article, the authors argue that the use of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) standardized tests to evaluate the early childhood education sector, while it may be perfectly "scientific", could be disastrous for "Te Whariki", a curriculum that is child-centred and learning-oriented. The basic…
Descriptors: International Assessment, Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development
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Minikel-Lacocque, Julie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
This article addresses the social-emotional aspect of early childhood learning, specifically within the context of the transition to kindergarten. The author writes from a mother's point of view, and through focusing on her son's transition to kindergarten, she critiques the ways in which teachers too often ignore the social-emotional…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Preschool Children
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Robertson, Janet – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
As a teacher, the author is always seeking the meaning behind her educational practice with children, colleagues, and the institution in which she works on a daily basis. Dr. Jonathon Silin's thinking around loss, collective memory and social amnesia resonate strongly with her (Silin, 2011). In this article, the possibilities of intentionally…
Descriptors: Memory, Educational Practices, Early Childhood Education, Archives
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Burns, Kellie – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
In this response to Damien Riggs' analysis of sex education websites, the author draws on Foucault's understanding of knowledge, power and governmentality to understand how some forms of knowledge about sex and sexuality become normalised "official knowledge" that frame institutional policies and practices and shape everyday discourses. Foucault…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sex Education, Educational Practices, Children
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Payne, Robert – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
This article is written in response to the work of Damien Riggs, providing a critical reading of his analysis of the inherent homophobia and gender normativity present in a selection of sexuality education websites targeted at children. Taking up the productive possibilities of both silences and narrative disruptions, the author examines a moment…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Homosexuality, Paleontology, Internet
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Britt, Clare – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2013
In this article the author responds to Jonathan Silin's article "At a Loss: Scared and Excited", and in doing so, takes up his ideas around the generative potential of loss. She uses these notions of loss to illuminate how, in one diverse school community in Australia, loss, failure and an "awful reputation" have opened up…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Reputation, Writing (Composition)
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Stone, Jake E. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2012
This article provides a commentary on the Reggio Emilia approach from a Vygotskian perspective. In particular, the article considers how Vygotskian rationalism and Vygotsky's theory of concept development cohere with the Reggio Emilia approach. The article argues that these aspects of Vygotskian theory are applicable to, and can strengthen the…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Reggio Emilia Approach, Educational Theories, Educational Philosophy
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Duckles, Joyce M.; Larson, Joanne – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
Meyers & Kroeger situate two young writers in current ideologies of childhood and literacy and argue for creating dialogic classroom spaces in which children can be recognized by themselves, other children, and teachers as literate. Duckles & Larson build on the authors' attention to the potential constraints of dominant discourses and highlight…
Descriptors: Ideology, Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Literacy
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Comber, Barbara – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
In an era of normative standardised literacy curriculum continuing to make space for culturally responsive literacy pedagogy is on ongoing challenge for early childhood educators. Collaborative participatory research and ethnographic studies of teachers who accomplish innovative and inclusive early childhood education in culturally diverse high…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Early Childhood Education, Ethnography, Children
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Simon, Rob – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
Drawing on examples from classroom practice, this article explores implications of regarding multiliteracies pedagogy in early childhood settings as relationally and culturally situated. The author argues that investigating human dimensions of multiliteracies pedagogy involves interrogating assumptions about children and their capacities--viewing…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Literacy, Multiple Literacies, Instruction
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Campano, Gerald; Low, David – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
This response to Marni Binder reflects upon two examples of (im)migrant children's artwork and challenges the dominant notion that (im)migration experiences--and their subsequent portrayals--can be fit into neat slots. The authors position multimodal composing opportunities as affording children a vital instrument for deploying their full semiotic…
Descriptors: Migrant Children, Immigrants, Stereotypes, Multiple Literacies
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Soto, Lourdes Diaz; De Moed, Simone Tuinhof – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
Current neoliberal educational policies are impacting young children and their teachers in the United States in many ways. Young children and teachers find themselves in vulnerable positions within a framework of an imperialist education in the age of standardization. Part of the struggle is to open spaces of decolonization that include home…
Descriptors: Young Children, Educational Change, Teachers, Models
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