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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?

Covers a wide range of Early Childhood issues from a range of international perspectives. A very useful book for Early Childhood Students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level

Mrs Heather Macdonald
Faculty of Education (Parkgate), Chester University
August 23, 2012

gives good insight into the different perspectives around the world - shows how these different perspectives are put into practice, offering opportunities for reflection on own practice.
used with contemporary issues and researching early years' settings modules

Miss Maria Cruickshank
health care and public services, South Essex College
August 20, 2012

What a well structured book. It is easy to read and use for students learning. The Cross- Cultural perspectives given in the book are wide and challanging. I will certainly use this book in education.

Elin E. Odegaard
Centre of Educational Research, Bergen University College
July 20, 2012

This is a fantastic text that has covered a cross range of international perspectives, global issues within the field of early and school education.

Highly recommended

Mrs Era Singh
Early Years Department, Berkshire College of Agriculture
May 11, 2012

A good book to help put current thinking in perspective

Mrs Anita Williams
Please select your department, Swindon College
May 10, 2012
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