Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood

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SAGE Publications, Feb 22, 2012 - Education - 240 pages
By exploring the key issues, arguments and messages that exist in the field, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood 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. Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles highlight how important it is to engage with and listen to children, to provide positive learning encounters.
 

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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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