The first volume in this Early Childhood Education and Care in the 21st Century: International Teaching, Family and Policy Perspectives miniseries provides a snapshot of early childhood education and care from 19 different countries around the world. The intention is to provide a description for the policy and provision for young children and their families in each of the unique contemporary contexts. The selection of countries includes every continent in the world to provide variety across cultures, socio-economic status, location, population and other unique factors. Some chapters also share the development and history of early childhood in their country, including economic and political transitions that lead to changes in early childhood provision and policy. The book provides essential takeaways for early childhood educators, researchers, early childhood organisations, policy makers and those interested to know more about early childhood education within an international perspective.
1. An introduction to Early Childhood Education and Care in the 21st Century: An international perspective (Susanne Garvis, Sivanes Phillipson and Heidi Harju-Luukkainen)
2. Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia: A historical and current perspective for way forward (Gerarda Richards, Susanne Garvis & Sivanes Phillipson)
3. Early Childhood Education and Care in Canada: Consistently Inconsistent Childcare Policy (Brooke Richardson & Rachel Langford)
4. Early Childhood Education and Care in Chile: An overview of preschool education (Macarena Silva)
5. Early Childhood Education and Care in Denmark: The contested issue of quality in children’s everyday lives (Pernille Juhl)
6. Early Childhood Education and Care in Estonia: The organisation and reforms of preschool education (Tiia Õun, Aino Ugaste & Tiina Peterson)
7. Early Childhood Education and Care in Finland: Compassion in narrations of early childhood education student teachers (Antti Rajala & Lasse Lipponen)
8. Early Childhood Education and Care in Germany: Policy, key data, quality and pedagogical approach (Claudia M. Ueffing)
9. Early Childhood Education and Care in Greece: Looking back and moving forward (Maria Birbili & Ifigenia Christodoulou)
10. Early Childhood Education and Care in Iceland: The origin, influences, curriculum reforms, and possible paths (Kristín Dýrfjörð)
11. Early childhood Education and Care in Aotearoa/New Zealand: History and features (Gaye Tyler-Merrick, Joanna Phillips, Claire McLachlan, Tara McLaughlin, Karyn Aspden & Sue Cherington)
12. Early Childhood Education and Care in Norway: Cultural historical context, new regulations and perceived quality (Alicja R. Sadownik & Elin Eriksen Ødegaard)
13. Early Childhood Education and Care in Russia: Different contexts of the cultural-historical theory Igor Shiyan, Olga Shiyan, Alexander Veraksa & Nikolay Veraksa
14. Early Childhood Education and Care in Serbia: Current challenges and policies (Tijana Bogovac)
15. Early Childhood Education and Care in Singapore: Aspiring for holistic early learning (Sivanes Phillipson, Eugenia Koh, Salwa Sujuddin & Sharmini Mohamed Sharif)
16. Early Childhood Education And Care in South Korea: History, Current Trends and Future Challenges (Sojung Seo)
17. Early Childhood Education and Care in Sweden: The context of Swedish preschool (Pia Williams, Sonja Sheridan, Susanne Garvis & Elisabeth Mellgren)
18. Early Childhood Education and Care in Taiwan: The path to achieving high quality (Yvonne Yu-Feng Liu)
19. Early Childhood Education and Care in the Netherlands: A shift towards an integrated system aimed at enhancing children’s development and learning (Pauline Slot)
20. Early Childhood Education And Care In Turkey (Şenil Ünlü Çetin)
21. Early Childhood Education and Care in 21st Century: A unique global overview (Sivanes Phillipson, Heidi Harju-Luukkainen & Susanne Garvis)
This series focuses on issues, challenges and empirical best practices surrounding evolving families that impact upon their survival, development and outcomes. The aim of this series is twofold: (1) to showcase the diversity of evolving families and the multiple factors that make up the function of families and their evolution across time, systems and cultures; (2) to build on preventative, interventionist, engagement and recovery methods for the promotion of healthy and successful evolving families across generations, social and political contexts and cultures.
Each book in this series will present a coherent view of at least one theme of the evolving families with the intention to articulate meaningful empirical research that informs best practice in sustaining evolving families and their future. Possible themes can be around (but not limited to) cultural and racial backgrounds, disabilities, social and economic disadvantage, stress, inter-generational mobility, grief, transitions, internal and external conflicts, and policies affecting families. The books will also derive its contents from dialogues between researchers and practitioners and inspire further intellectual debate amongst its readers. All books in the series will address relevant research and practice from around the world, and whilst the books will be allowed to have their own unique feature, each will provide a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to the evolving families of this millennia.