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Educating for Social Justice in Early Childhood

1st Edition

Edited by Shirley A. Kessler, Beth Blue Swadener


224 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Bringing together scholarship and examples from practice, this book explores ways in which early childhood curriculum – including classroom practices and community contexts – can more actively engage with a range of social justice issues, democratic principles, and anti-oppressive practices.

Featuring a stellar list of expert contributors, the chapters in this volume present a cross-section of contemporary issues in childhood education. The text highlights the voices of children, teachers, and families as they reflect on everyday experiences related to issues of social justice, inclusion, and oppression, as well as ways young children and their teachersengage in activism. Chapters explore curriculum and programs that address justice issues, particularly educating for democracy, and culminate in a focus on the future, offering examples of resistance and visions of hope and possibility.    

Designed for practitioners, graduate students, and researchers in early childhood, this book challenges readers to explore the ways in which early childhood education is – and can be – engaging with social justice and democratic practices.

Table of Contents

Author Biographies Foreword [Cinthya Saavedra] Acknowledgements Series Introduction [Nicola Yellend] Introduction [Shirley Kessler and Beth Blue Swadener] Part I: Voices of Children, Teachers and Families 1. Immigrant Children in Arizona: Social Justice Implications for Education in the Borderlands [Angeles Maldonado, Beth Blue Swadener and Casey Khaleesi] 2. Countering Color-Blindness in Early Childhood Education: Elevating the Embodied Experiences, Perspectives, and Voices of Black Women Educators [Kia S. Rideaux and Michelle Salazar Pérez] 3. Children’s Voices and Gender Pedagogies for Equity In and Out of Early Childhood Classrooms [Kylie Smith] 4. Early Childhood Teacher Certification as a Site for the Re-Production of Racial and Cultural Injustice [Mariana Souto-Manning, Gail Buffalo, and Ayesha Rabadi-Rao] Part II: Social Justice in the Classroom: Democratic and Anti-bias Practices 5. Historic and Contemporary Perspectives on Democratic Education in Early Childhood [Shirley Kessler] 6. "She doesn’t want to be a beautiful princess!": Language, Power, and Teaching for Democracy in the Early Childhood Classroom [Dana Frantz Bentley with Betty Chan] 7. Activism in their Own Right: Children’s Participation in Social Justice Movements [Lacey Peters] 8. The Cultural Politics of Childhood Education for Democracy in Reggio Emilia’s Servizi dell’Infanzia [Rebecca S. New] Part III: Way Forward: Stories of hope and possibility 9. Out and About: Practicing Hope through Research [Jeanne Marie Iorio and Clifton S. Tanabe] 10. "What’s Love Got To do?": Enacting the Beloved Community Through Early Childhood Education [Mara Sapon-Shevin] 11. Social Justice in Early Education and Child Care: "What Is" and "What Ought to Be?" [Marianne N. Bloch] 12. Equality and Democratic Education Evaluation: A Way Forward [Shirley A. Kessler] Afterword [William Ayers]

About the Editor

Shirley A. Kessler is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at National-Louis University, USA.

Beth Blue Swadener is Professor of Justice Studies and Social & Cultural Pedagogy at Arizona State University, USA.

About the Series

Changing Images of Early Childhood

Books in this forward-thinking series challenge existing practices in early childhood education and reflect the changing images of the field. The series enables readers to engage with contemporary ideas and practices of alternative perspectives which deviate from those theories traditionally associated with the education of young children and their families. Not only do these books make complex theory accessible, they provide early childhood educators with the tools to ensure their practices are backed by appropriate theoretical framework and strong empirical evidence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten