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This key textbook introduces students and practitioners to a wide range of different approaches to early childhood. It provides practical strategies for developing and implementing early learning experiences that promote excellence and equity for children.
The book presents the latest research and thinking about good practice, discusses how various philosophies and beliefs influence decisions in early childhood education, and identifies the key thinkers behind each approach. By examining different perspectives, the book helps early childhood practitioners to navigate their way through competing views, make informed choices, and be critically reflective in their work.
In an accessible, lively and user-friendly way, it explores issues such as:
The book features a range of pedagogical devices to inspire early childhood workers to reflect critically on their work and the ideas underpinning it, including:
This essential textbook is ideal for students undertaking early childhood qualifications at degree level, Masters courses in early childhood education, and for practitioners who work with children from birth to eight in early childhood settings.
PART 1: Models of the learner
Reflecting on the learner
Models of the learner: Conforming to nature, conforming to culture
Models of the learner: reforming through interaction between nature and culture
Models of the learner: Transforming culture and nature
Models of the learner: Critical reflections
PART 2: Positions on the early childhood curriculum
Reflecting on the early childhood curriculum
Curriculum position: conforming to society
Curriculum position: reforming society
Curriculum position: transforming society
Curriculum positions: critical reflections
PART 3: Curriculum contexts
Reflecting on contexts
Curriculum contexts: parents and communities
Curriculum contexts: becoming an early childhood professional
Curriculum contexts: critical reflections