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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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Rossholt, Nina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2009
This article discusses theoretical, methodological and analytical strategies for researching the material subject. The discussion relates to discursive practices in a preschool setting with children of one and two years of age, where the material subject includes both bodily and discursive practices. Using critical ethnography research, the author…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
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Lee, I-Fang – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2008
For governments around the world, conceptualizing early childhood education and care as a site for an early start on educational, social, and economic investments has become a dominant trend of educational planning. Educational policies, both locally and globally, reflect the effects of a neoliberal political economic reasoning system. Voucher…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Planning, Freedom, Early Childhood Education
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Lind, Ulla – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2005
This article presents a negotiating practice that demonstrates the importance of the interplay of visual, verbal and linguistic signs. As such it discusses the relationship between identity and a signifying practice in a Swedish preschool, as children and teachers negotiate meaning. With emphasis on the relationship between building identity and…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Age Differences, Photography, Foreign Countries
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Hughes, Desma – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
A low level of literacy development plagues many parts of the Pacific region despite the fact that parents are very keen for their children to become literate in order to embrace the modern world. Issues concerning early education and the attainment of literacy are still a challenge in the Pacific. In order to understand the reasons for the low…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emergent Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Context Effect
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Juma, Audrey – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
This article focuses on an early childhood programme that has been initiated by the Institute for Educational Development at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. The programme is a Certificate in Education and involves training teachers so as to enable them to understand early childhood education and development, and to become effective…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Preschool Education, Program Content, Integrated Curriculum
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Borhan, Lihanna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Although required to use the National Preschool Curriculum for the five- to six-year-old age group, preschools in Malaysia can add to this curriculum to suit their individual purposes. Thus, preschools with religious emphasis are common in Malaysia. Parents send their children to the religiously affiliated preschools in the hope of inculcating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Islam, Preschool Education, National Curriculum
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Wu, Fang; Li, Xingbang; Wei, Quihong – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2004
Through the 2002 Early Childhood Education Initiative, Shouguang City in the Shandong province of China expanded its early childhood education program to include children below the age of three. The strategies which were applied to ensure the successful implementation of the program included: (1) creating a three-tiered professional development…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Preschool Children