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Empowering Early Childhood Educators

International Pedagogies as Provocation, 1st Edition

Edited by Naomi McLeod, Patricia Giardiello


256 pages

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This forward-thinking text challenges educators to think about and question the purpose of education and explores international understandings of the role played by early years professionals in promoting participatory, ethical and reflexive practice which benefits children as independent decision-makers.

By exploring the different perspectives, concepts and practices adopted in early childhood settings in Denmark, Finland, Aotearoa, New Zealand and Sweden, Empowering Early Childhood Educators demonstrates the potential of participatory and democratic approaches in day-to-day practice. Illustrating how pedagogical approaches such as Te Whāriki, Reggio Emilia and the Montessori method may be understood and interpreted to maximise children’s engagement in their socio-cultural context, chapters empower educators to question their professional experience, knowledge and initiative to find a balance between directives and ethical practice. A rich combination of case studies, commentaries, interviews and conversations, the text offers critical insight into the daily practices and challenges of early years educators around the world and inspires critical reflection on practices which empower them.

A powerful revaluation of the purposes and value of early childhood education, Empowering Early Childhood Educators will be of interest to early years practitioners, students and researchers.

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables

List of Contributors

Foreword: Professor Peter Moss

Our reasons for writing this book: reflections from the editors

Introduction by Naomi McLeod and Patricia Giardiello


Chapter 1: The Purpose of Education Today by Naomi McLeod and Patricia Giardiello

Chapter 2: The Reflexive Educator by Naomi McLeod

Chapter 3: Democracy and Participation in Early Childhood Education by Naomi McLeod and Tarja Karlsson Häikiö


Chapter 4: Maria Montessori (with Perspectives from Sweden) byPatricia Giardiello and Kerstin Signert

Chapter 5: Reggio Emilia (with Perspectives from Sweden) by Patricia Giardiello, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö, Pernilla Mårtensson

Chapter 6: A Finnish Perspective of Early Childhood Education byPatricia Giardiello, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö, Ulla Härkönen, Liisa Lohilahti and Naomi McLeod

Chapter 7: Te Whāriki by Patricia Giardiello, Geraldine Leydon and Annette Hargreaves

Chapter 8: Danish Outdoor Nature Pedagogy by Naomi McLeod


Chapter 9: Wider Issues In Early Childhood Education by Patricia Giardiello and Tarja Karlsson Häikiö

Chapter 10: Chapter 10: Hope for the Future: New Possibilities for Sustaining a Reflexive Approach by Naomi McLeod, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö and Pernilla Mårtensson

Afterword: A Meeting Place by Naomi McLeod and Patricia Giardiello


About the Editors

Naomi McLeod leads the MA in International Approaches to Early Childhood Education and teaches across Early Childhood and Education Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Patricia Giardiello is Award Lead for the MA in Early Childhood Studies and Leadership in Early Years. She is also a researcher in the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

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