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Srinivasan, Prasanna – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Early childhood curricular documents in countries such as Australia position children's voice and agency as central to all early childhood practices. Children's choices expressed by their voices are regarded as children's exhibition of their agency. Hence, early childhood educators are urged to listen and respond to children's voices, and such…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Children, Individual Power, Foreign Countries
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Palaiologou, Ioanna; Male, Trevor – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
In this conceptual article, the authors examine the context of early childhood education and care in England and the underpinning predominant ideologies to explore how these impact on the framing of leadership. The English context entails several contradictions (antinomies) at ontological, epistemological and axiological levels, and is heavily…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Epistemology
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Penn, Helen – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This colloquium argues that writings on leadership in the early years commonly assume a service ethos. The aim of nurseries and other early childhood settings is to provide a service for children and their parents, and the task of leadership is seen to be to find effective ways of defining and realizing this aim. But increasingly, and especially…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Commercialization
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Moreno, Amanda J.; Nagasawa, Mark K.; Schwartz, Toby – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Social and emotional learning is a young field, but a very old concept. The idea that children require explicit instruction in social-emotional capacities is present in the writings of philosophers as far back as Plato, and partly constitutes the roots of the "whole-child development" and "developmentally appropriate practice"…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children
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Skarpenes, Ove; Saeverot, Ane Malene – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Jacques Rancière's sophisticated critique of critical theory is the first step in his call for a renewal of a theory of emancipation. In the first part of the article, the authors outline this critique. Rancière combines pedagogy, art and policy in his attempt to develop a new understanding of equality and emancipation. The authors try as…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Equal Education
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Millei, Zsuzsa; Kallio, Kirsi Pauliina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
In his inspirational article titled 'Bringing politics into the nursery', Peter Moss argues for early childhood institutions to "become" places of 'democratic political practice'. In this article, the authors add to Moss's call and argue that these institutions are sites of 'mundane political practice', containing various attitudinal…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Nursery Schools, Early Childhood Education, Democratic Values
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Buzzelli, Cary A – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article conceptualizes assessment in early childhood education as a moral practice using Amartya Sen's capability approach and Thomas A Schwandt's practical hermeneutic approach to assessment and evaluation. After describing the moral connection Sen makes between development and assessment, Schwandt's conceptualization of evaluation is…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Early Childhood Education, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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Arndt, Sonja; Urban, Mathias; Murray, Colette; Smith, Kylie; Swadener, Beth; Ellegaard, Tomas – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
In this collective article, the authors explore constructions of early childhood practitioners and how they disconnect and reconnect in a global neo-liberal education policy context. The contributions to the conversation provide windows into shifting professional identities across five national contexts: New Zealand, the USA, Ireland, Australia…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Professional Identity, Comparative Education
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Gaches, Sonya; Walli, Shelina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Current teacher preparation programmes in the USA are required to report to state agencies on how their students are attaining professional preparation standards in order to fully become named as a 'teacher'. As teacher educators immersed in these neo-liberal policies and expectations, the authors sought a way for their students to work through…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Student Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators
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Madrid Akpovo, Samara; Nganga, Lydiah – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This colloquium problematizes the use of early childhood international field experiences as a tool for professional development with Euro-Western pre-service and in-service teachers. The authors critique experiences where minority-world educators teach or implement internships within majority-world contexts. It is critical for Euro-Western teacher…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Field Experience Programs, Preschool Teachers
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Khan, Mohammad Afzal – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article analyses the status of early childhood education in Pakistan. The education systems in place in Pakistan are mainly framed within a didactic approach to teaching and learning, which addresses certain areas of education but does not teach the child as a whole. Domains of children's holistic development such as social, ethical,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Holistic Approach, Public Schools
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Nilsson, Monica; Ferholt, Beth; Lecusay, Robert – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
In this article, the authors problematize the dichotomization of play and learning that often shapes the agenda of early childhood education research and practice. This dichotomization is driven in part by the tendency to define learning in terms of formal learning (i.e. learning as an outcome of direct instruction and school-based approaches that…
Descriptors: Play, Learning Processes, Child Development, Outcomes of Education
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Arndt, Sonja – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Early childhood education settings are arguably places of community, togetherness and belonging. But what if they are not? What if individuals' senses of identity, place or reality clash, do not fit or, worse, repel or offend? This article picks up on the largely under-researched area of teachers' belonging and sense of cultural identity in early…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Identity
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Press, Frances; Woodrow, Christine; Logan, Helen; Mitchell, Linda – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Since the 1990s, neo-liberal economics has profoundly altered the nature and delivery of early childhood education and care in both Australia and New Zealand through the creation of childcare markets. Accompanying the rise of the market has been a discourse of childcare as a commodity -- a commodity marketed and sold to its consumers (read…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Commercialization
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Barron, Ian; Taylor, Lisa; Nettleton, Jan; Amin, Shabnam – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2017
This article seeks to explore the development of the relationship between a group of early childhood academics from the same university and practitioners from a particular early years setting in the north of England into an innovative professional development and research project (2-Curious). The article uses Foucauldian notions of heterotopia to…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Research Projects
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