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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood
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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood

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February 2012 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 political agenda of different countries. Pertinent policy and practice issues, such as numeracy and literacy, are carefully examined. The text highlights how important it is to engage with and listen to children, 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.


Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CHILDREN'S LEARNING CULTURES
Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou
Introduction
Sue Gascoyne
Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Adults' Roles in Supporting Sensory Play
Sara Knight
Valuing Outdoor Spaces: Different Models of Outdoor Learning in the Early Years
Maulfry Worthington
The Power of Graphicacy for the Young Child
Mallika Kanyal and Linda Cooper
Young Children's Perceptions of their Classroom Environment: Perspectives From England and India
 
PART TWO: CULTURES OF PEDAGOGY
Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou
Introduction
Eva Maagerø and Birte Simonsen
Constructing an Inclusive Culture in Kindergartens
Mary James and Hasina Ebrahim
Pedagogic Activities for Early Education in a Child-to-Child Programme in South Africa
Anastasia Papaprokopiou and Athina Kammenou
Transition to Preschool Education in Greece: Attitudes of Parents and Educators
 
PART THREE: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON CURRICULA
Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou
Introduction
Ronit Alin
Teaching Linear Measurement in the Israeli Kindergarten Curriculum
Patricia H. Kostell
How Children's Books Create a Scaffold to Understanding Diversity
Paulette Luff
Challenging assessment
 
PART FOUR: CULTURES OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Janet Moyles and Theodorou Papatheodorou
Introduction
Anne Hunt and Pam Nason
Colliding Discourses: Negotiating Spaces to Enact Pedagogy as an Ethical Encounter
Jill Sachs
The individual as inspiration: A Model for Early Years Teacher Transformation
Carolyn Silberfeld
International Student Experiences: Influences on Early Childhood Practice
Christine Such, Julia Druce and Hazel Jennings
Transformation of Early Years Provision Using Discourses for Professional Development for Practitioners
Hazel R. Wright
From Parent to Practitioner: Alternative Pathways to Professionalism
Lilian G. Katz
Endpiece: Where Are We Now and Where Should We Be Going?

As culture is an issue in many areas including child care this book enables you to look at different issues and understanding why cultures behave the way they do. Interesting book.

Mrs Pamela Canning
early , North West Institute
August 27, 2013

Useful diagrams and pictures of children's work. A variety of topics addressed that are new and refreshing.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
July 10, 2013

An interesting range of issues and emerging theoretical applications in contemporary and cross-cultural practice.
The book as a whole reminds us of the inter- dependence of global citizenship and futures for all our children to be educated in respectful learning environments for holistic development.

Dr Estelle Martin
CHILDREN,YOUNG PEOPLE & EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY CAMPUS SUFFOLK
June 14, 2013

One of several similar texts which is useful for providing students with choice of their background reader.

Mr Patrick Meehan
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
May 14, 2013

This book became the key text for my Foundation Degree students studying a module on the international perspectives on early years education.

Mrs Liana Beattie
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
March 21, 2013

A useful text for expereienced practitioners who are able to engage well with independent study. This book looks very widely at early years appraoches beyond the typical and provides comparisons which are helpful in developing critical thinking about the impact of culture and time on how early years approaches have developed in different countries.

Mrs Kate Hulm
Bristol Centre For Care, Health & Educ, City of Bristol College
March 15, 2013

Presenting alternatives to the UK a chance to explore different curricula and pedagogical imperatives.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
February 5, 2013

Excellent text that has a range of relevant, interesting and thought provoking chapters for anyone studying a Masters.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
January 2, 2013

This is an excellent book which attempts o address a number of hitherto unexplored areas in early years academic writing. Essential reading for levels 4-6 on our BA (Hons) degree.

Ms Dilva Porter
CHYPPE, University Campus Suffolk
September 14, 2012

This book gives some very interesting perspectives not always considered. Focus is brought very much back to the child with all theories coming from there written in an approachable way palatable for student audiences.

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
September 6, 2012

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