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Contesting Early Childhood


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Young Children's Community Building in Action: Embodied, Emplaced and Relational Citizenship

Young Children's Community Building in Action: Embodied, Emplaced and Relational Citizenship

1st Edition

Louise Gwenneth Phillips, Jenny Ritchie, Lavina Dynevor, Jared Lambert, Kerryn Moroney
July 18, 2019

Rethinking the concepts of citizenship and community in relation to young children, this groundbreaking text examines the ways in which indigenous understandings and practices applied in early childhood settings in Australia and New Zealand encourage young children to demonstrate their care and...

'Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible': A Memoir of Work in Childcare and Education

'Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible': A Memoir of Work in Childcare and Education

1st Edition

Helen Penn
August 21, 2018

An astute exploration of the complexities of working and learning in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care, Professor Helen Penn tells of her experiences of working as a teacher, social worker, campaigner, researcher and writer, and so reflects on the perennial and complex issues which...

Alternative Narratives in Early Childhood: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners

Alternative Narratives in Early Childhood: An Introduction for Students and Practitioners

1st Edition

Peter Moss
July 11, 2018

Challenging dominant discourses in the field of early childhood education, this book provides an accessible introduction to some of the alternative narratives and diverse perspectives that are increasingly to be heard in this field, as well as discussing the importance of paradigm, politics and...

Constructions of Neuroscience in Early Childhood Education

Constructions of Neuroscience in Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

Michel Vandenbroeck, Jan De Vos, Wim Fias, Liselott Mariett Olsson, Helen Penn, Dave Wastell, Sue White
June 29, 2017

This book explores and critiques topical debates in educational sciences, philosophy, social work and cognitive neuroscience. It examines constructions of children, parents and the welfare state in relation to neurosciences and its vocabulary of brain architecture, critical periods and toxic stress...

The Posthuman Child: Educational transformation through philosophy with picturebooks

The Posthuman Child: Educational transformation through philosophy with picturebooks

1st Edition

Karin Murris
March 31, 2016

The Posthuman Child combats institutionalised ageist practices in primary, early childhood and teacher education. Grounded in a critical posthumanist perspective on the purpose of education, it provides a genealogy of psychology, sociology and philosophy of childhood in which dominant figurations...

Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia: A selection of his writings and speeches, 1945-1993

Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia: A selection of his writings and speeches, 1945-1993

1st Edition

Paola Cagliari, Marina Castagnetti, Claudia Giudici, Carlina Rinaldi, Vea Vecchi, Peter Moss
March 02, 2016

Loris Malaguzzi was one of the most important figures in 20th century early childhood education, achieving world-wide recognition for his educational ideas and his role in the creation of municipal schools for young children in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia, the most successful example ever of...

Listening to Children: Being and becoming

Listening to Children: Being and becoming

1st Edition

Bronwyn Davies
May 30, 2014

Through a series of exquisite encounters with children, and through a lucid opening up of new aspects of poststructuralist theorizing, Bronwyn Davies opens up new ways of thinking about, and intra-acting with, children. This book carefully guides the reader through a wave of thought that turns the...

Transformative Change and Real Utopias in Early Childhood Education: A story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality

Transformative Change and Real Utopias in Early Childhood Education: A story of democracy, experimentation and potentiality

1st Edition

Peter Moss
April 16, 2014

Early childhood education and care is a major policy issue for national governments and international organisations. This book contests two stories, both infused by neoliberal thinking, that dominate early childhood policy making today - ‘the story of quality and high returns’ and ‘the story of...

Young Children Becoming Curriculum: Deleuze, Te Whāriki and curricular understandings

Young Children Becoming Curriculum: Deleuze, Te Whāriki and curricular understandings

1st Edition

Marg Sellers
May 31, 2013

This book contests a tradition and convention in educational thinking that dichotomises children and curriculum, by developing the notion of re(con)ceiving children in curriculum. By presenting an innovative research project, in which she worked with children to share their understandings of the...

Reconfiguring the Natures of Childhood

Reconfiguring the Natures of Childhood

1st Edition

Affrica Taylor
February 14, 2013

In this fascinating new book, Affrica Taylor encourages an exciting paradigmatic shift in the ways in which childhood and nature are conceived and pedagogically deployed, and invites readers to critically reassess the naturalist childhood discourses that are rife within popular culture and early...

Early Childhood and Compulsory Education: Reconceptualising the relationship

Early Childhood and Compulsory Education: Reconceptualising the relationship

1st Edition

Peter Moss
November 02, 2012

What should be the relationship between early childhood and compulsory education? What can they learn from one another and by working together? The rapid expansion of early childhood education and care means that most children in affluent countries now have several years at pre-school before...

Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia: Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education

Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia: Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education

1st Edition

Vea Vecchi
March 10, 2010

This book explores the contribution of and art and creativity to early education, and examines the role of the atelier (an arts workshop in a school) and atelierista (an educator with an arts background) in the pioneering pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. It does so through the unique experience of Vea...

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