Education

EBOOK: International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care

EBOOK: International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care

Author: Jan Georgeson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335245925

Category: Education

Page: 288

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There is a growing interest in understanding how early years care and education is organised and experienced internationally. This book examines key influential approaches to early years care as well as some less well-known systems from around the world. In particular the book aims to: Inform those studying early years about perspectives in other countries Encourage critical thinking about issues, influences and the complexities of early years provision around the world Promote critical reflection on students’ own provision and the current context of that provision Each chapter provides an overview of early years provision and explores historical and current influences in context, as well as offering insights into daily life through short vignettes, longer case studies and commentary from practitioners. Whilst many approaches - such as Reggio Emilia, Te Whariki and Head Start - are widely admired, it is important for reflective practitioners to understand the motivation which gave rise to these influential approaches in their original context. Additionally, broadening understanding through information on less widely known systems, the book provides students with a good grounding in the international context of early years, the provenance of different early years approaches and principles, and the influences on their own countries’ provision. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, the book is designed to meet the needs of students studying modules related to international perspectives on a range of foundation, bachelor and master’s degrees in early years. Contributors: Verity Campbell-Barr, Federica Caruso, Carmen Dalli, Rebecca Carter Dillon, Annie Davy, Chandrika Devarakonda, Alena Drzalová, Hasina Banu Ebrahim, Susan Edwards, Dora Ho, Valerie Huggins, Anne Hunt, Kerstin Kööp, Éva Kovácsné Bakoski, Caroline Leeson, Beth Marshall, Nancy McDermott, Julia Morgan, Joce Nutall, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard, Philip Selbie, Paolo Sorzio, Manabu Sumida, Keang-ieng (Peggy) Vong, Karen Wickett “The book rightly challenges common assumptions about the value of Western perspectives of ECEC and skilfully enables the reader to recognize the various social, political and economic drivers and processes that have shaped early years pedagogy on a global level.” Dr Janet Rose, Early Years Education Award Leader, Bath Spa University, UK “Given the ever increasing interest and importance of global early childhood education and care, this critically informed book offers valuable and challenging internationalised comparative arguments for students and academics at all levels.” Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Early Years and Primary Education Department, University of London, UK
Education

EBOOK: Quality in Early Childhood Services - An International Perspective

EBOOK: Quality in Early Childhood Services - An International Perspective

Author: Helen Penn

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335240241

Category: Education

Page: 234

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This book examines how quality and good practice in early childhood education and care (ECEC) is interpreted and implemented in a variety of settings and circumstances. Drawing on her experience of research and policy making in a wide variety of countries, the author considers the variety of rationales that inform services for early childhood education and care. Services are organized, financed and delivered in many different ways across the world. The policies that have been adopted by governments, and the resources which are made available for implementing them, have shaped practice. On the one hand there are complex ideas about what children should be learning and how they should be learning. These ideas about curriculum and the training of teachers and carers may differ radically between countries. On the other hand policies have been prompted by the need to reconcile family and work obligations and to provide childcare to support working mothers, irrespective of educational concerns. The notions of economic competition and parental choice have led to the growth of private for-profit childcare services which promote a particular view of quality and achievement. Above all, growing inequality within countries, and between rich and poor countries, have undermined attempts to provide good quality services. In an unfair world, the impact of any services is likely to be distorted. The book charts the many different approaches to understanding and measuring quality and gives an exceptionally well-informed overview.
Education

EBOOK: Contemporary Perspectives On Early Childhood Education

EBOOK: Contemporary Perspectives On Early Childhood Education

Author: Nicola Yelland

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335240814

Category: Education

Page: 312

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This book considers and interrogates a range of new and critical issues in contemporary early childhood education. It discusses both fundamental and emerging topics in the field, and presents them in the context of reflective and contemporary frameworks. Bringing together leading experts whose work is at the cutting edge of contemporary early childhood education theory and research across the world, this book considers the care and education of young children from a global perspective and deals with issues and groups of children or families that are often marginalized. The contributing authors challenge traditional views and maintain that new ways of thinking and doing are required in these new times. The chapters in this book highlight some of the most important issues as catalysts for discussion and critique. Central to the discussions is the notion that these are complex issues that warrant debate and that there are often no simple solutions to them. These theoretical perspectives are situated in practice with the use of engaging case studies. This edited collection is essential reading for anyone studying or working in early childhood education. Contributors: Marina Umaschi Bers, Erica Burman, Judith Duncan, Anne Haas Dyson, Karen Gallas, Rachael Holmes, Elizabeth Jones, Michelle Leiminer, Hillevi Lenz Taguchi, Maggie MacLure, Christina MacRae, Joanna McPake, Veronica Pacini Ketchabaw, Alan Pence, Helen Penn, Lydia Plowman, Valerie Polakow, Christine Stephen, Gail Yuen.
Education

EBOOK: International Perspectives on Children's Play

EBOOK: International Perspectives on Children's Play

Author: Jaipaul Roopnarine

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335262892

Category: Education

Page: 288

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This book provides an analysis of children’s play across many different cultural communities around the globe. Each chapter discusses children’s play as an activity important for formal and informal education, mental health and childhood well-being, and children’s hobbies and past-times. Traditional, modern and postmodern play forms are discussed and probed for their meaning within a contemporary global community. Authors address the functions that this phenomenon serves for indigenous cultures and the problems that arise due to the globalization of educational and social resources. Issues that are covered include the importance of conceptualizing the relationship between play and culture, how play varies both within and between cultures, children’s non-play activities in relation to play activities, how play is learned and how adults, parents and teachers, as well as older peers and siblings, are all important influences on the play of children. Questions that are raised include: Is it fair to emphasize the importance of certain kinds of play, such as social pretense play? Is this ethnocentric? Is the mastery of certain forms of play (e.g. socio-dramatic play) during the early years critical in the acculturation process? How are different cultures incorporating literacy props in play, or otherwise developing early educational programmes that use play educationally to foster literacy acquisition? These and many other questions or issues are taken up in this volume. At the heart of the book is a focus on human rights, in particular the Child’s Right to Play as stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The book is committed to the principle of all children reaching their full potential and the enhancement of their families, communities, and cultures through play.
Education

EBOOK: Developing Professional Practice in the Early Years

EBOOK: Developing Professional Practice in the Early Years

Author: Shirley Allen

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335264773

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Developing Professional Practice in the Early Years encourages the reader to critically consider key aspects of early childhood education and care. The book is a valuable and accessible tool for those on professional pathways to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) or those engaged in Early Childhood Studies programmes or similar degree programmes courses relating to early years practice. This book will also be of interest to those engaged in continuous professional development (CPD) programmes. The book recognises the important contribution that early years education and care can make to children’s future outcomes. It can be read in-depth or dipped into when need arises. Each chapter will help the reader to engage with challenging concepts and ideas which underpin early childhood policy and practice. Strong practical elements to the book aim to support the application of learning to high quality practice with young children. The generic term ‘early childhood professional’ is used throughout the book to encompass the diversity of roles within early childhood practice. The book aims to support the reader to critically consider the complexity of ‘being professional’ in contemporary early childhood practice by providing a strong theoretical and practice-based framework of the role and context of the early childhood professional. Key features of the book include: • Reflective tasks to support critical thinking about key aspects of professional practice • Case studies to enable the reader to learn from stories and situations about real professionals and their practice • Positive Practice Impact (PPI) boxes to provide specific examples of good professional practice in early childhood. Each chapter of this essential text concludes by signposting further reading – book chapters, journal articles, websites – to build greater depth of knowledge and extend the reader’s understanding of early childhood theory and practice.
Education

EBOOK: Quality in the Early Years

EBOOK: Quality in the Early Years

Author: Emma Slaughter

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335262236

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 262

The term ‘quality’ is frequently used in early years practice - both in professional discussions and in key policy and literature - but often without question or an agreed understanding of what quality is and as though it is an entirely unproblematic concept. Through a series of inspiring and thought-provoking chapters this book supports you in considering and developing your own notion of ‘quality early years practice’ across a broad range of key strands of early years provision – from the environment to policies, from work with vulnerable children and babies to curriculum and research. This book helps you to construct your own idea of quality and challenges you to develop your own understanding through stimulating discussion and reflection points. A key argument is that whilst there are several ‘indicators’ and ‘measures’ of quality there is no one universally agreed definition of ‘quality’ in early years provision and hence developing your own notion of quality and working towards that with others is paramount. Key features include: •Consideration of what ‘quality’ looks like within a contemporary early years landscape•How you might deliver quality practice when other influences might appear to hinder or contradict this•Reflection points to help you embed and link your learning to practice•A graduated approach for a greater depth of engagement with the topic and relevant literature. With each chapter written by an early years expert Quality in the Early Years is a vital companion for those studying towards any early years qualification, as well as established practitioners and leaders within the field.
Education

Early Childhood Education and Care for Sustainability

Early Childhood Education and Care for Sustainability

Author: Valerie Huggins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315295831

Category: Education

Page: 166

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This innovative and timely book explores issues and concerns surrounding Education for Sustainable Development in early childhood, providing a range of perspectives on how we can live and promote more healthy, just and sustainable lives. It examines the professional responsibility of Early Years practitioners to embed sustainability into their everyday practice and to ensure that young children are acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to become effective agents of change, committed problem-solvers and system-thinkers. Bringing together international examples of best practice, drawing on cutting-edge research, and providing an array of practical examples, chapters focus on issues such as: the historical context of Early Education for Sustainability complexities and challenges involved in implementing sustainable approaches encouraging children to contribute to an enabling society adopting environmentally sustainable approaches in Early Years settings the future of sustainability in Early Years education. This book offers essential support to Early Years educators, practitioners and students who are key players in shaping the fundamental attitudes and beliefs of our planet’s future citizens, enabling them to assume their responsibilities, now and in the future, in regard to environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Education

Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education

Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education

Author: Jaipaul L. Roopnarine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317203612

Category: Education

Page: 440

View: 882

The Handbook of International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education provides a groundbreaking compilation of research from an interdisciplinary group of distinguished experts in early childhood education (ECE), child development, cultural and cross-cultural research in the psychological sciences, etc. The chapters provide current overviews of ECE in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the US, and Canada, and convey how ECE is multi-sectorial, multi-cultural, and multi-disciplinary, undergirded by such disciplines as neuroscience, psychological anthropology, cross-cultural human development, childhood studies, and political science.
Education

A - Z Of Inclusion In Early Childhood

A - Z Of Inclusion In Early Childhood

Author: Dickins, Mary

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335246786

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 807

The key themes in inclusion are explored through an A – Z approach covering key concepts, theories / theorists, and figures.
Education

Exploring Wellbeing In The Early Years

Exploring Wellbeing In The Early Years

Author: Manning-Morton, Julia

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335246847

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 112

This book aims to encourage early childhood practitioners to provide for young children’s all round well-being.
Education

Leading Change In Early Years

Leading Change In Early Years

Author: Rodd, Jillian

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335263707

Category: Education

Page: 178

View: 138

Leading Change in the Early Years focuses on the type of leadership skill needed for leading the reform and change agendas that challenge the early years sector.
Education

Facilitating Children'S Learning In The Eyfs

Facilitating Children'S Learning In The Eyfs

Author: Langston, Ann

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335247615

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 731

This book will address a range of issues pertinent and prominent in the revised EYFS including brain development; school readiness; engaging parents; and the rationale behind the new prime and specific areas of learning.