Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care: Postmodern Perspectives

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Education - 206 pages
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Working with postmodern ideas, this book questions the search to define and measure quality in the early childhood field and its tendency to reduce philosophical issues of value to purely technical and managerial issues of expert knowledge and measurement. The book argues that there are ways other than the "discourse of quality" for understanding and evaluating early childhood pedagogical work, and relates these to alternative ways of understanding early childhood itself and the purposes of early childhood institutions, resulting in a reconceptualization of early childhood education and care. Taking a broad perspective, the book relates issues of early childhood to the sociology of childhood, philosophy, ethics, political science, and other fields. The book maintains that the concept and language of quality cannot accommodate issues such as diversity and multiple perspectives, contextual specificity, and subjectivity and asserts that a new concept is required, called "meaning making." The book places these issues in a global context and draws on work from Canada, Sweden, and Italy, including the nurseries in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Contains approximately 200 references. (KB)
 

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Contents

Modernity and Postmodernity
19
Constructing Early Childhood What Do We Think It Is?
43
Constructing the Early Childhood Institution What Do
62
Beyond the Discourse of Quality to the Discourse
87
The Stockholm Project Constructing a Pedagogy that Speaks
121
Pedagogical Documentation A Practice for Reflection
144
Minority Directions in the Majority World Threats
159
References
187
Index
201
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About the author (1999)

Dahlberg lectures at the Stockholm Institute of Education.

Moss has been a researcher for many years at the Thomas Coram Research Unit and is Professor of Early Childhood Provision at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Alan Pence is the UNESCO Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care and Development at the University of Victoria and a Full Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is the former Director of the School and has established three specialized units: the Unit for Early Years Research and Development (www.web.uvic.ca/ eyrd/); the First Nations Partnership Programs (FNPP: www.fnpp.org) for Community-Based Aboriginal Child and Youth Care Education; and the Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU: www.ecdvu.org), focusing on ECD leadership promotion and capacity building in the Majority (Developing) World. Dr. Pence is the recipient of the Canadian Bureau for International Education s Award for Educational Leadership, the University of Victoria s inaugural Craigdarroch Research Award for Societal Contributions, and his ECDVU program was a finalist for the internationally prestigious WISE Awards for innovation in education.

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