Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood

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Theodora Papatheodorou, Janet Moyles
SAGE, Jan 24, 2012 - Education - 256 pages
By exploring the key issues, arguments and messages that exist in the field this book provides an international, comparative look at aspects of early childhood education and care. Pedagogical practices, learning cultures and the professional development of practitioners are considered within the wider political agenda of different countries. Pertinent policy and practice issues, such as numeracy and literacy, are carefully examined. The text highlights how important it is to engage with and listen to children, to provide positive learning encounters.

Divided into four parts, the book covers:

- children's learning cultures

- culture of pedagogy

- cultural perspectives on curriculum

- cultures of professional development

Chapters cover key topics such as:

- multi-sensory learning

- outdoor learning

- children's voice

- children as mentors

- literacy and mathematics

With expert contributors drawn from across the world, this book is vital reading for all those studying comparative education on early years courses.

Theodora Papatheodorou, PhD, is an early years educator and researcher.

Janet Moyles is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Education, Anglia Ruskin University and an early years consultant.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Childrens Learning Cultures
11
adults roles in supporting sensory play
15
different models of outdoorl earning in the early years
29
3 The power of graphicacy for the young child
41
perspectives from England and India
58
Cultures of Pedagogy
73
5 Constructing an inclusive culture in kindergartens
77
9 How childrens books create a scaffold to understanding diversity
130
10 Challenging assessment
140
Cultures of Professional Development
151
negotiating spaces to enact pedagogy as anethical encounter
155
a model for early years teacher transformation
167
influences on early childhood practice
183
14 Transformation of early years provision using discourses for professional development for practitioners
194
alternative pathways to professionalism
207

6 Pedagogic activities for early education in a childtochild programme in South Africa
89
attitudes of parents and educators
98
Cultural Perspectives on Curricula
111
8 Teaching linear measurement in the Israeli kindergarten curriculum
115
where are we now and where should we be going?
219
Name index
229
Subject index
231
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Janet Moyles is Professor Emerita, Anglia Ruskin University, UK. She has authored many bestselling books on play including "Just Playing?, The Excellence of Play 3/e, Thinking About Play and Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning in Early Years and Primary Education 4/e" (all published by Open University Press).

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