Pedagogies for Diverse Contexts

Pedagogies for Diverse Contexts

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Diversity can be a rich source of possibility and opportunity in early childhood education. Appreciating that learning and development are shaped by culture and context, history and values, the diversity of cases found in this volume provide a useful tension in considering one's own practices, policies and beliefs.

Pedagogies for Diverse Contexts draws on the knowledge and professional experiences of actors from a wide range of countries and cultures. For some, early childhood's dominant narratives have been influential, while others push back against universalistic orientations and the power of a neoliberal hegemonic agenda. Written to provoke, to stimulate and to extend thinking, these chapters provide insights and examples relevant not only for front-line practice and programme development, but for education, assessment, research and policy development.

The twelve chapters are divided into four key sections which reflect major influences on practice and pedagogy:

Being alongside children

Those who educate

Embedding families and communities

Working with systems

Considering varied international practices, this key text will enhance understanding, support self-directed learning, and provoke thinking at both graduate and postgraduate levels, particularly in the field of early childhood education and care.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.19mm | 344g
  • CRC Press Inc
  • Bosa Roca, United States
  • English
  • 6 Tables, black and white
  • 0815350066
  • 9780815350064
  • 3,070,171

Table of contents

About the Editors and Contributors Preface: Learning through many voices Introduction: Wondering and Wandering Section 1: Being Alongside Children Chapter 1: Precocious children: Cultural priming by parents and others Chapter 2: Jenaplan and pedagogical tact: an alternative approach to engaging children Chapter 3: 'A rising tide lifts all boats' - A reflection on inclusive practice when working alongside visually impaired children Editorial provocations: Engaging readers and extending thinking Section 2: Those Who Educate Chapter 4: Te Wai a Rona: The well-spring that never dries up: Whanau pedagogies and curriculum Chapter 5: It's a new dawn, it's a new day ... developing an Early Years workforce for a 21st century China Chapter 6: 'We're still being dragged to be white': Learning from Yolnu 'growing up' their children in two worlds Editorial provocations: Engaging readers and extending thinking Section 3: Embedding Families and Communities Chapter 7: Indigenous Children in the Context of Family and Nationhood Chapter 8: Cultural practices in child rearing in Tanzania and their potential in supporting responsive caregiving to young children Chapter 9: The impact of policy, culture and family on early education provision in Sri Lanka: challenges and opportunities Editorial provocations: Engaging readers and extending thinking Section 4: Working with Systems Chapter 10: Systemic challenges for integration of ECDCE programmes with African cultures of early childhood socialization Chapter 11: Viewing the child holistically: The Experience of the National Policy for Early Childhood Development in Colombia Chapter 12: Working from within to help educational systems evolve: An experience with Indigenous Education in Mexico Editorial provocations: Engaging readers and extending thinking Coda: Thinking Forward - Diversity and Context
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About Alan Pence

Alan Pence is UNESCO Co-Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care and Development (ECD) and Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria, Canada.

Janet Harvell is Course Leader of the Foundation Degree in Early Years and Senior Lecturer at the Department for Children and Families, School of Education, University of Worcester, UK
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