Early Childhood Services : Theory, Policy and Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-02-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill

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Explores relationships between theory, policy, and practice in early childhood services, examining how young children learn, approaches to curriculum for young children, the role of adults in supporting children's learning, and children as participants and knowledgeable persons. Some material has been previously published in journals, some is commissioned, and some is from a series of conferences held in 1995-96.

Author Biography

Priscilla Alderson is Reader in Sociology and Children's Rights at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London University. Jessica Ball is coordinator of the Canadian First Nations Programme in the School of Youth and Childcare at the University of Victoria, Canada. Roland Burgard is Director of Architecture in the City of Frankfurt. Margaret Carr is Associate Professor of Early Childhood at the University of Waikito, New Zealand. Anne Edwards is Professor of Education at the University of Birmingham. Gunilla Dahlberg is Associate Professor at the Stockholm Institute of Education. Chris Holligan is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Paisley, Scotland. Marta Mata y Garriga was an MP, and then a Senator in the Spanish Upper House, and chairwoman of the Education and Culture Committee in Barcelona. Helen May is Professor of Early Childhood at the University of Wellington. Peter Moss is Professor of Early Childhood Services at Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, London University. Alan Pence is Professor of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Helen Penn is Professor of Early Childhood at the University of East London, and Visiting Fellow at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London University. She is also Early Years Consultant to Save the Children UK. Harriet Strandell is Professor in the Department of Sociology, Abo Akademi University, Finland. Martin Woodhead is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, The Open University.

Table of Contents

Contributors v
Introduction 1(6)
Part one: How do Children learn? Early childhood services in a global context 7(42)
Towards a global paradigm for research into early childhood
Martin Woodhead
Two sides of an eagle's feather: University of Victoria partnerships with Canadian First Nations Communities
Alan Pence
Jessica Ball
Part two: What should children learn? Approaches to the curriculum 49(34)
Te Whariki: Curriculum voices
Margaret Carr
Helen May
The Future of infant education
Marta Mata y Garriga
Part Three: Where should children learn? Space and segregation 83(20)
The Frankfurt kindergartens
Roland Burgard
Part four: Who should help children learn? A natural or unnatural profession 103(28)
The parameters of training
Peter Moss
Is Working with young children a good job?
Helen Penn
Part five: Children as participants 131(40)
Discipline and normalization in the nursery: the Foucaultian gaze
Chris Holligan
What is the use of childrens' play: preparation or social participation?
Harriet Strandell
The rights of young children
Priscilla Alderson
Part six: Research and practice 171(29)
Everything is a beginning and everything is dangerous: some reflections on the Reggio milia experience
Gunilla Dahlberg
Research and practice: is there a dialogue?
Anne Edwards
Index 200

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