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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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Reconfiguring the Natures of Childhood

Reconfiguring the Natures of Childhood

1st Edition

By Affrica Taylor
April 04, 2013

In this fascinating new book, Affrica Taylor encourages an exciting paradigmatic shift in the ways in which childhood and nature are conceived and pedagogically deployed, and invites readers to critically reassess the naturalist childhood discourses that are rife within popular culture and early ...

Early Childhood and Compulsory Education Reconceptualising the relationship

Early Childhood and Compulsory Education: Reconceptualising the relationship

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Moss
December 14, 2012

What should be the relationship between early childhood and compulsory education? What can they learn from one another and by working together? The rapid expansion of early childhood education and care means that most children in affluent countries now have several years at pre-school before ...

Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education

Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia: Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

By Vea Vecchi
April 14, 2010

This book explores the contribution of and art and creativity to early education, and examines the role of the atelier (an arts workshop in a school) and atelierista (an educator with an arts background) in the pioneering pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. It does so through the unique experience of Vea...

Going Beyond the Theory/Practice Divide in Early Childhood Education Introducing an Intra-Active Pedagogy

Going Beyond the Theory/Practice Divide in Early Childhood Education: Introducing an Intra-Active Pedagogy

1st Edition

By Hillevi Lenz Taguchi
September 17, 2009

Going Beyond the Theory/Practice Divide in Early Childhood Education focuses on the use of pedagogical documentation as a tool for learning and transformation. Based on innovative research, the author presents new approaches to learning in early childhood education, shifting attention to the force ...

Movement and Experimentation in Young Children's Learning Deleuze and Guattari in Early Childhood Education

Movement and Experimentation in Young Children's Learning: Deleuze and Guattari in Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

By Liselott Mariett Olsson
April 20, 2009

In contemporary educational contexts young children and learning are tamed, predicted, supervised, controlled and evaluated according to predetermined standards. Contesting such intense governing of the learning child, this book argues that the challenge to practice and research is to find ways of ...

Forming Ethical Identities in Early Childhood Play

Forming Ethical Identities in Early Childhood Play

1st Edition

By Brian Edmiston
December 11, 2007

Through compelling examples, Brian Edmiston presents the case for why and how adults should play with young children to create with them a 'workshop for life'. In a chapter on 'mythic play' Edmiston confronts adult discomfort over children's play with pretend weapons, as he encourages adults both ...

In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia Listening, Researching and Learning

In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, Researching and Learning

1st Edition

By Carlina Rinaldi
November 07, 2005

The early childhood programme of Reggio Emilia in Italy is acclaimed as one of the best education systems in the world and this book offers the unique insight of Carlina Rinaldi, the former director of the municipal early childhood centres in Reggio Emilia and successor to Loris Malaguzzi, one of ...

Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies Applying Post-Structural Ideas

Doing Foucault in Early Childhood Studies: Applying Post-Structural Ideas

1st Edition

By Glenda Mac Naughton
June 16, 2005

The theories and analyses of post-structural thinkers such as Michel Foucault can seem a long way from practice in early childhood services. In recent years, however, many early childhood researchers and practitioners have found this work important and this fascinating book brings together a range ...

Unequal Childhoods Young Children's Lives in Poor Countries

Unequal Childhoods: Young Children's Lives in Poor Countries

1st Edition

Edited By Helen Penn
May 31, 2005

An expert in her field, Helen Penn discusses the inequalities between and within countries of childhood poverty and how this poverty is recognized and defined through the following case-studies: Kazakhstan - once part of the Soviet Union Swaziland - a country in Southern Africa devastated by ...

Ethics and Politics in Early Childhood Education

Ethics and Politics in Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

By Gunilla Dahlberg, Peter Moss
March 02, 2005

The early childhood services of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy has gained worldwide interest and admiration. Drawing on the ‘Reggio approach’, and others, this book explores the ethical and political dimensions of early childhood services and argues the importance of these dimensions at a time ...

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