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Evans, Katherine – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article is an exploration of the possibilities encountered through shifting from a "logic of quality" to a "space of meaning-making" within early years education. Focusing on ideas of "readiness", this discussion aims to challenge normative understandings that relate this concept to the predictable achievement of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Readiness, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
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Karlson, Ingrid; Simonsson, Maria – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2011
In this article, some of the discourses concerning "gender-sensitive pedagogy" that circulate in Swedish preschools are discussed. Two guideline documents that circulate in gender- and equity-sensitive projects in preschool are investigated, and the question is asked: What gender-related messages can possibly reach preschools from the…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Discourse Analysis, Guidelines, Gender Issues
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Ebrahim, Hasina Banu – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2010
The South African government has adopted a poverty-targeted approach to provisioning in early care and education. This approach prioritises public funding for vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Given the need to address past imbalances and the context of limited financial resources, the private sector has been given an increased role in…
Descriptors: Private Sector, Early Childhood Education, Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries
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Pence, Alan; Pacini-Ketchabaw, Veronica – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2008
This article contextualizes the authors' work on a project entitled "Investigating Quality in Early Learning Environments (IQ)," conducted in British Columbia (BC), Canada, within national and international contexts. One of the project's primary objectives has been to engage in discussions that situate British Columbia's promotion of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Intelligence Quotient, Young Children, Foreign Countries
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Wohlwend, Karen E. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2007
Drawing from an incident that took place during a year-long investigation of children's play and peer culture on a school playground, the author argues that seemingly neutral child-centered techniques can maintain and even strengthen existing gender inequalities as teachers and children access "laminated" but contradictory identity…
Descriptors: Play, Playgrounds, Gender Differences, Conflict Resolution