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International Perspectives in the Early Years

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December 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This informative and wide-ranging book argues persuasively for the value of multiple perspectives, both international and disciplinary, in the study and practice of early childhood education, because they feed our imaginations and provoke us to think. And while illustrating the many differences that exist between countries, it highlights the shared issues confronting us, wherever we live.' - Emeritus Professor Peter Moss, Institute of Education, University of London

Stemming from original research in the field, a range of expert contributors explore the key themes and debates surrounding international perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).  Drawing on studies carried out in Norway, Mexico, France, Hungary and many more countries, the book covers a wide range of topics including: 

  • the relationship between early childhood and primary education
  • gender and play in ECEC
  • curriculum
  • inclusion
  • early interventions
  • working with families
  • place-based learning

With case studies, detailed suggestions for further reading at different levels and discussion points, this is a key text for students of Early Years at all levels, from Foundation Degree to Masters, as well as current early years practitioners.

Linda Miller is Professor Emeritus of Early Years, The Open University. 

Claire Cameron is Senior Reader in Education at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.
Linda Miller and Claire Cameron
International Perspectives: Themes And Issues
 
PART ONE: CARE, EDUCATION AND NOTIONS OF INTERVENTION
Pamela Oberhuemer
Seeing Early Childhood Issues Through A European Lens
Yoshie Kaga
The Relationship Between Early Childhood And Primary Education
Tullia Musatti, Donatella Giovannini, Susanna Mayer, Group Nido LagoMago
How to Construct a Curriculum in an Italian Nido
Anne-Marie Doucet-Dahlgren
The French Approach To Family Intervention With Families With Young Children
John Bennett
The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion (RECI) Research Project
 
PART TWO: CHILDREN’S SPACES
Margaret Kernan and Kathia Loyzaga
Space And Place As A Source Of Belonging And Participation In Early Years Services In Chiapas, Mexico
Bronwen Cohen and Wenche Rønning
Place-based Learning in Early Years Services: Approaches and Examples from Norway and Scotland
Claire Cameron
Perceptions of Using the Outdoors in Early Childhood Education and Care Centres in England, Hungary and Denmark: Some Questions About the Recruitment of Male Workers
Roger Hancock, Ann Cameron and Ayshe Talay-Ongan
Agency and Children’s Well-being
Claire Cameron and Linda Miller
International Perspectives: Using The Lens Of 'Other' To Consider What We Learn

'This informative and wide-ranging book argues persuasively for the value of multiple perspectives, both international and disciplinary, in the study and practice of early childhood education, because they feed our imaginations and provoke us to think. And while illustrating the many differences that exist between countries, it highlights the shared issues confronting us, wherever we live.'

Emeritus Professor Peter Moss
Institute of Education, University of London

I would recommend International Perspectives in the Early Years to those studying and working in this area.  The writers’ passion for the welfare of children is obvious and the book goes beyond that which would be provided by an introductory textbook.  The book is thought provoking and would be particularly useful to those looking for research ideas of their own. 

Graham Jones, University of Wolverhampton
British Education Studies Association journal

Stemming from original research in the field, this book features a range of expert contributors who, between them, explore the key issues, themes and debates, surrounding international perspectives on early childhood education and care. From Norway to Mexico, and from France to Hungary, and via many other countries, a wide variety of topics are covered, demonstrating the shared issues confronting us, despite the many differences.

Martine Horvath
EYE

The book is enjoyable to read and provides interesting insights into early childhood. Each chapter concludes with a summary of the chapter and prompts to enable the reader to reflect on the topic in their own contexts. I also liked each chapter having a list of recommended readings, categorised to suit students across all levels of study. The language used through the book was simple but profound and would appeal to students and early childhood practitioners. The diversity of examples and experiences that the book offers to the reader is enriching and provides opportunities for further reflection and research.

Pearl D’Silva, New Zealand Tertiary College
He Kupu

This is a useful book for gaining a better understanding of international perspectives, however it is a higher level than required for the level 3 child care course the students are completing. It was useful for the higher ability students who felt the case studies improved their understanding of the differences between the countries early years curriculum and approaches.

Mrs Jayne Elizabeth Double
ECLIPS, Suffolk New College
December 5, 2016

This text is clearly written and useful for undergraduates on this course. It offers some interesting perspectives and a range of debates for the students to explore.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
September 19, 2016

Useful reader for the module for undergrads

Mr Patrick Meehan
Education , Canterbury Christ Church University
July 19, 2016

Useful book to give broader perspective as students do not always compare UK curriculum to more international versions in the essay even though it is taught

Mrs Terrie A Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
June 7, 2016

The book covers an interesting range of contemporary perspectives, offering an informative and provoking insight, a great resource.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Learning and Teaching Institute, Sheffield Hallam University
June 3, 2016

covers interesting topics relevant to the modules i am teaching

Mrs Sarah Collyer
Childcare Department, Brooklands College
September 17, 2015

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