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Elfström Pettersson, Katarina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
This article explores how a template in documentation of preschool systematic quality development work acts to produce elements of quality. Assuming that documentation produces rather than represents preschool quality, and using a post-humanist agential realist perspective, the article shows how thematic work, care and education become elements of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschools, Documentation, Educational Quality
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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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Alnervik, Karin – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
Swedish preschool teachers must systematically document activities in the preschool in order to evaluate the quality of these activities. Pedagogical documentation is one form of documentation that is proposed. The aim of this article is to discuss and create knowledge of structures and tools based on different communicative aspects of pedagogical…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Experience
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Delaney, Katherine K. – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
In this article, the author examines the ways in which a classroom quality metric framed the teaching and learning experiences of teachers and children in three Head Start classrooms. Using comic subjectivity theory, the author critically analyzes the ways in which the high-stakes classroom quality measure used in Head Start settings directed her…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Quality, Teacher Competencies
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Sumsion, Jennifer; Harrison, Linda; Letsch, Karen; Bradley, Benjamin Sylvester; Stapleton, Matthew – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2018
This article considers opportunities and risks arising from the prominence of the belonging motif in Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and, more implicitly, in the National Quality Standard, against which the quality of the early childhood education and care services is assessed. A vignette constructed from case study data generated in…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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Moss, Peter – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
The article, by one of the authors of the book "Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care," has three goals. The first is to recap the "problem with quality," the starting point for the book. The second is to summarise the argument in "Beyond Quality" for problematising the concept of quality, and why,…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Early Childhood Education, Concept Formation, Educational Philosophy
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Arndt, Sonja; Tesar, Marek – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article explores quality in early childhood education by de-elevating the importance of the human subject and experience, and heightening instead a focus on and tensions with the post-human. The argument traces the intricate web of "qualities" woven throughout entanglements of subjects, objects and things that constitute what is…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Preschool Education, Social Change, Educational Philosophy
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Duhn, Iris; Grieshaber, Sue – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
The prevailing discourse of quality in early childhood education in Australia and internationally supports the idea that everyone, from families to educators, policymakers, researchers and politicians, wants high-quality early childhood education programs for all young children. This dominance is so pervasive that it becomes difficult to think…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Vignettes, National Standards
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Jones, Liz; Rossholt, Nina; Anastasiou, Thekla; Holmes, Rachel – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article considers what the repercussions are when the concept of "quality" is examined within the epistemological and ontological theoretical shifts that are afforded by post-humanism. In particular, Braidotti's configuring of thinking as "nomadic activity" and the need for "process ontology", together with…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Epistemology, Humanism, Educational Philosophy
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Nxumalo, Fikile – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article seeks to contribute towards an unsettling of dominant framings of quality pedagogical practices. The author puts to work the figure of the modest witness as a way of storying everyday pedagogical encounters in childhood settings that might refigure quality in practice as materialized more-than-human becomings. Working within the…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Preschool Education, Teaching Methods, Art
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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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Reinertsen, Anne Beate – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article is crafted through three scenes, through which the author tries to imagine quality as something that is third space, semiotic, plasticity, eternal, and simultaneously something solid and obviously good here and now, through a Spinozian/Deluzian/Braitottian joy/you/me. The author rhizomatically tries to lay everything out on a plane of…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Semiotics, Social Change, History
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Ritchie, Jenny – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
In this article it is argued that notions of "quality" in early childhood education have been captured by neo-liberal discourses. These discourses perpetuate the western, individualistic, normativising and exploitative attitudes and practices that are contributing to the climate crisis currently imperilling our planet. Educators may…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Vignettes
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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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Brogaard Clausen, Sigrid – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2015
International comparisons strongly influence national policy agendas in the early years. However, an appreciation of details and national context and differences is imperative to promote democracy. From the perspective of a Danish social pedagogue lecturing in Early Childhood Studies in England, the author presents a cross-national comparison to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Democracy, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Quality
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