Researching Early Childhood Education: European Perspectives

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Tricia David
SAGE, Oct 1, 1998 - Early childhood education - 192 pages
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Provides a useful overview of developments in early childhood education research in the countries included and interesting comparative data for further study and analysis. It should prove a useful resource book for the growing number of early childhood professionals and practitioners identified in the book, who are contributing to or have the potential to contribute to research in this field'- "International Journal of Early Years Education


Providing an overview of early childhood education research, the contributors to to this book provide information on: who undertakes research; where findings are published; their impact on the field; levels of research funding; and links between researchers. The book highlights the main research agendas of the respective countries, and includes a special chapter on the strengths, weaknesses and future of comparative research in education. This book is written by leading representatives of the field of early childhood education and research in eight European Countries - Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdon. It builds on the earlier publication edited by""Tricia David, Educational Provision for Our Youngest Children: European Perspectives, which provided information about early childhood education systems and their histories in different countries.


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Page 2 - Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Page 3 - ... is systematic, original investigation or inquiry and associated development activities concerning the social, cultural, economic and political contexts within which education systems operate and learning takes place; the purposes of education; the processes of teaching, learning and personal development of children, youth and adults; the work of educators; the resources and organisational arrangements to support educational work; the policies and strategies to achieve educational objectives;...
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Page vi - Institute for the Blind, and has two children at university. Tricia David is a Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church College, where she directs the Centre for International Studies in Early Childhood and she is at present coordinator of the college's Centre for Educational Research. Tricia has worked in the early years field for over 30 years, in a variety of roles including: researcher, community educator, teacher educator, nursery and primary teacher and...
Page 3 - ... how the world works' and therefore how to conduct research. A related issue which must be addressed by the educational research field as a whole, including those in early years research settings, is the questioning of 'certainty'.
Page 4 - While the OECD report seems to favour greater sharing of knowledge among researchers, practitioners and policy-makers, and this is to be welcomed, there is also a need to ask to what extent all the parties involved require the same type of information about particular issues or different aspects of findings concerning the issues. Parents and carers too should be involved and they might need yet another form and style of dissemination.

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