Practitioner Research in Early Childhood: International Issues and Perspectives

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Linda Newman, Christine Woodrow
SAGE, Sep 1, 2015 - Education - 160 pages

"This comprehensive publication rightly establishes early childhood as a critical phase in the education of young people and makes the case for developing our insights regarding early childhood education (ECE) practices through the eyes of practitioner inquiry in the context of collaborative partnerships. It achieves its goal through a series of insightful case studies that not only illuminate the text as stories from the field, but also contribute to our understanding regarding ECE learning and pedagogy."- Susan Groundwater-Smith, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney.

Bringing together theory and practice, this book draws on the projects and experiences of senior and new researchers implementing various forms of practitioner research. Chapter discussions are informed by international literature to provide insightful reflections on research processes and the contribution of practitioner research in changing practice. The diversity of perspectives across the chapters provides an excellent resource for those undertaking research within early childhood contexts.

Features include:

  • the contribution of practitioner research to curriculum and social change. professional development and strengthening learning communities
  • how practitioners can be supported in documenting and articulating their work
  • the relationships between the research community and field of practice through practitioner research projects
  • contemporary problems and issues that frame the practices of early childhood educators
  • case studies from Australia, South Africa, Sweden and Chile

A diverse range of case studies that use a range of internationally recognised research methods are presented. The book offers guidance, support and inspiration to practitioners on how to research their implementation of meaningful and sustainable changes in early childhood contexts.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 RECOGNISING VALUING AND CELEBRATING PRACTITIONER RESEARCH
1
CHAPTER 2 COLLABORATIVE CAPACITY BUILDING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITIES IN CHILE
17
MUSLIM EDUCATORS PRODUCING NEW KNOWLEDGE IN SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
37
CHAPTER 4 WHAT IS PLAY FOR IN YOUR CULTURE? INVESTIGATING REMOTE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL PERSPECTIVES THROUG...
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CHAPTER 5 DEVELOPING COLLABORATION USING MIND MAPS IN PRACTITIONER RESEARCH IN SWEDEN
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CHAPTER 6 RECONCEPTUALISING SERVICES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN THROUGH DIALOGUE IN A SOUTH AFRICAN VILLAGE
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THREE PARTICIPANT VIEWS
105
PERSPECTIVES FROM THE US UK AND AUSTRALIA
122
INDEX
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Linda Newman (EdD; M.Ed Hons; B.Ed (EC); Dip Teach (EC) is the Chair of Early Childhood and Primary Programs in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia and Chair of the Early Childhood Teacher Education Council (NSW). She is a team member of Futuro Infantil Hoy, an ongoing international research and development program in Chile. Linda’s research aims to theorise and apply ethical approaches that facilitate equity and benefit. Influential conceptual framings include sociocultural theory, new sociologies of childhood; community and family capacity building; valuing of diversity and Funds of Knowledge; play based intentional teaching and sustained shared thinking; and literacy as social practice.

Website: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/staff/research-profile/Linda_Newman/

Christine Woodrow (PhD; M.Ed; BEd, DipT ECE) is deputy director the Centre for Educational Research at the University of Western Sydney and is project leader of Futuro Infantil Hoy, an ongoing international research and development project in early childhood education being undertaken within a unique strategic alliance involving Fundacion Minera Escondida, the University of Western Sydney and early childhood service providers in Chile. She is a member of the Globalisation research group, where her research is focussed on international policy and practice in early childhood education, educational leadership and the professional preparation of early childhood educators.

Website: http://www.uws.edu.au/cer/home

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