Exploring childhood in a comparative context: An introductory guide for students

1st Edition

Mabel Ann Brown, Jon White

Published August 16, 2013
Textbook - 198 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415696524 - CAT# Y127025

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Exploring Childhood in a Comparative Context meets an increasing need for students focusing on early childhood to be familiar with alternative practices in other countries. Providing a ready-made source of information about a wide range of countries including Finland, the Netherlands, the United States, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa and many more, the book clearly describes the way each country understands and conceptualises childhood.

Each chapter includes contextual information about the country, an introduction to the theory that has shaped practice and describes the curriculum for pre-school and primary education. Including vignettes from practitioners working in each country to illustrate practice, the chapters explore key themes such as:

  • Child development
  • Parental involvement
  • Teaching and learning
  • Professionalism
  • Assessment
  • Pupil experience.

Accessibly written and including opportunities for reflection, this timely new book will give students a valuable insight into alternative education systems that is essential if they are to become practitioners with a current and global approach.


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