Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood

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By exploring the key issues, arguments and messages that exist in the field this book provides an international, comparative look at aspects of early childhood education and care. Pedagogical practices, learning cultures and the professional development of practitioners are considered within the wider early childhood agenda of different countries. Pertinent practice issues, such as numeracy and literacy, are carefully examined. The text highlights how important it is to engage with and listen to children, and to provide positive learning encounters.

Divided into four parts, the book covers:

Children's Learning Cultures

Culture of Pedagogy

Cultural Perspectives on Curriculum

Cultures of Professional Development.

Chapters cover key topics such as:

Multi-sensory learning

Outdoor learning

Children's voice

Children as mentors

Literacy and mathematics.

With expert contributors drawn from across the world, this book is vital reading for all those studying comparative education on early years courses.

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'Expert contributors from around the world are found throughout this book, making it essential reading for all those studying on early years courses'
-Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446207550
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/22/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

About the Editors and Contributors x

List of Figures, Photographs and Tables xv

Introduction Theodora Papatheodorou Janet Moyles 1

Part 1 Children's Learning Cultures

Introduction Janet Moyles Theodora Papatheodorou 11

1 Seeing the wood for the trees: adults' roles in supporting sensory play Sue Gascoyne 15

2 Valuing outdoor spaces: different models of outdoor learning in the early years Sara Knight 29

3 The power of graphicacy for the young child Maulfry Worthington 41

4 Young children's perceptions of their classroom environment: perspectives from England and India Mallika Kanyal Linda Cooper 58

Part 2 Cultures of Pedagogy

Introduction Janet Moyles Theodora Papatheodorou 73

5 Constructing an inclusive culture in kindergartens Eva Maagerø Birte Simonsen 77

6 Pedagogic activities for early education in a child-to-child programme in South Africa Mary James Hasina Ebrahim 89

7 Transition to preschool education in Greece: attitudes of parents and educators Anastasia Papaprokopiou Athina Kammenou 98

Part 3 Cultural Perspectives on Curricula

Introduction Janet Moyles Theodora Papatheodorou 111

8 Teaching linear measurement in the Israeli kindergarten curriculum Ronit Alin 115

9 How children's books create a scaffold to understanding diversity Patricia H. Kostell 130

10 Challenging assessment Paulette Luff 140

Part 4 Cultures of Professional Development

Introduction Janet Moyles Theodora Papatheodorou 151

11 Colliding discourses: negotiating spaces to enact pedagogy as an ethical encounter Anne Hunt Pam Nason 155

12 The individual as inspiration: a model for early years teacher transformation Jill Sachs 167

13 International student experiences: influences on early childhood practice Carolyn Silberfeld 183

14 Transformation of early years provision using discourses for professional development for practitioners Christine Such Julia Druce Hazel Jennings 194

15 From parent to practitioner: alternative pathways to professionalism Hazel R. Wright 207

Endpiece: where are we now and where should we be going? Lilian G. Katz 219

Name index 229

Subject index 231

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