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Contesting Early Childhood


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This groundbreaking new series questions the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood, and offers instead alternative narratives of an area that is now made up of a multitude of perspectives and debates.

The series examines the possibilities and risks arising from the accelerated development of early childhood services and policies, and illustrates how it has become increasingly steeped in regulation and control. Insightfully, this collection of books shows how early childhood services can in fact contribute to ethical and democratic practices. The authors explore new ideas taken from alternative working practices in both the western and developing world, and from other academic disciplines such as developmental psychology. Current theories and best practice are placed in relation to the major processes of political, social, economic, cultural and technological change occurring in the world today.

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In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia Listening, Researching and Learning

In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, Researching and Learning

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

By Carlina Rinaldi
August 23, 2021

Reggio Emilia’s educational services for 0-6 year olds are widely acclaimed as one of the best systems in the world. Now in an updated second edition, In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia offers a collection of the most important articles, lectures and interviews given by Carlina Rinaldi, who was ...

Neoliberalism and Early Childhood Education Markets, Imaginaries and Governance

Neoliberalism and Early Childhood Education: Markets, Imaginaries and Governance

1st Edition

By Guy Roberts-Holmes, Peter Moss
April 28, 2021

Neoliberalism, with its worldview of competition, choice and calculation, its economisation of everything, and its will to govern has ‘sunk its roots deep’ into Early Childhood Education and Care. This book considers its deeply detrimental impacts upon young children, families, settings and the ...

Revisiting Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed Issues and Challenges in Early Childhood Education

Revisiting Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Issues and Challenges in Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

Edited By Michel Vandenbroeck
September 29, 2020

This reflection on Paulo Freire’s seminal volume, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, examines the lessons learnt from Freire and their place in contemporary pedagogical theory and practice. Freire’s work has inspired ground-breaking research which Vandenbroeck has collated, demonstrating the ongoing ...

Young Children's Community Building in Action Embodied, Emplaced and Relational Citizenship

Young Children's Community Building in Action: Embodied, Emplaced and Relational Citizenship

1st Edition

By Louise Gwenneth Phillips, Jenny Ritchie, Lavina Dynevor, Jared Lambert, Kerryn Moroney
July 15, 2019

Rethinking the concepts of citizenship and community in relation to young children, this groundbreaking text examines the ways in which indigenous understandings and practices applied in early childhood settings in Australia and New Zealand encourage young children to demonstrate their care and ...

'Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible' A Memoir of Work in Childcare and Education

'Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible': A Memoir of Work in Childcare and Education

1st Edition

By Helen Penn
August 08, 2018

An astute exploration of the complexities of working and learning in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care, Professor Helen Penn tells of her experiences of working as a teacher, social worker, campaigner, researcher and writer, and so reflects on the perennial and complex issues which ...

Alternative Narratives in Early Childhood An Introduction for Students and Practitioners

Alternative Narratives in Early Childhood: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners

1st Edition

By Peter Moss
July 04, 2018

Challenging dominant discourses in the field of early childhood education, this book provides an accessible introduction to some of the alternative narratives and diverse perspectives that are increasingly to be heard in this field, as well as discussing the importance of paradigm, politics and ...

Constructions of Neuroscience in Early Childhood Education

Constructions of Neuroscience in Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

By Michel Vandenbroeck, Jan De Vos, Wim Fias, Liselott Mariett Olsson, Helen Penn, Dave Wastell, Sue White
June 30, 2017

This book explores and critiques topical debates in educational sciences, philosophy, social work and cognitive neuroscience. It examines constructions of children, parents and the welfare state in relation to neurosciences and its vocabulary of brain architecture, critical periods and toxic stress...

The Posthuman Child Educational transformation through philosophy with picturebooks

The Posthuman Child: Educational transformation through philosophy with picturebooks

1st Edition

By Karin Murris
April 06, 2016

The Posthuman Child combats institutionalised ageist practices in primary, early childhood and teacher education. Grounded in a critical posthumanist perspective on the purpose of education, it provides a genealogy of psychology, sociology and philosophy of childhood in which dominant figurations ...

Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia A selection of his writings and speeches, 1945-1993

Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia: A selection of his writings and speeches, 1945-1993

1st Edition

Edited By Paola Cagliari, Marina Castagnetti, Claudia Giudici, Carlina Rinaldi, Vea Vecchi, Peter Moss
February 24, 2016

Loris Malaguzzi was one of the most important figures in 20th century early childhood education, achieving world-wide recognition for his educational ideas and his role in the creation of municipal schools for young children in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia, the most successful example ever of ...

Young Children Becoming Curriculum Deleuze, Te Whāriki and curricular understandings

Young Children Becoming Curriculum: Deleuze, Te Whāriki and curricular understandings

1st Edition

By Marg Sellers
July 10, 2013

This book contests a tradition and convention in educational thinking that dichotomises children and curriculum, by developing the notion of re(con)ceiving children in curriculum. By presenting an innovative research project, in which she worked with children to share their understandings of the ...

Listening to Children Being and becoming

Listening to Children: Being and becoming

1st Edition

By Bronwyn Davies
July 25, 2014

Through a series of exquisite encounters with children, and through a lucid opening up of new aspects of poststructuralist theorizing, Bronwyn Davies opens up new ways of thinking about, and intra-acting with, children. This book carefully guides the reader through a wave of thought that turns the...

Transformative Change and Real Utopias in Early Childhood Education A story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality

Transformative Change and Real Utopias in Early Childhood Education: A story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality

1st Edition

By Peter Moss
April 23, 2014

Early childhood education and care is a major policy issue for national governments and international organisations. This book contests two stories, both infused by neoliberal thinking, that dominate early childhood policy making today - ‘the story of quality and high returns’ and ‘the story of ...

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