Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood
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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood



© 2012 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles
Introduction
PART ONE: CHILDREN'S LEARNING CULTURES
Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou
Introduction
Sue Gascoyne
Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Adults' Roles in Supporting Sensory Play
Sara Knight
Valuing Outdoor Spaces: Different Models of Outdoor Learning in the Early Years
Maulfry Worthington
The Power of Graphicacy for the Young Child
Mallika Kanyal and Linda Cooper
Young Children's Perceptions of their Classroom Environment: Perspectives From England and India
PART TWO: CULTURES OF PEDAGOGY
Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou
Introduction
Eva Maagerø and Birte Simonsen
Constructing an Inclusive Culture in Kindergartens
Mary James and Hasina Ebrahim
Pedagogic Activities for Early Education in a Child-to-Child Programme in South Africa
Anastasia Papaprokopiou and Athina Kammenou
Transition to Preschool Education in Greece: Attitudes of Parents and Educators
PART THREE: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON CURRICULA
Janet Moyles and Theodora Papatheodorou
Introduction
Ronit Alin
Teaching Linear Measurement in the Israeli Kindergarten Curriculum
Patricia H. Kostell
How Children's Books Create a Scaffold to Understanding Diversity
Paulette Luff
Challenging assessment
PART FOUR: CULTURES OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Janet Moyles and Theodorou Papatheodorou
Introduction
Anne Hunt and Pam Nason
Colliding Discourses: Negotiating Spaces to Enact Pedagogy as an Ethical Encounter
Jill Sachs
The individual as inspiration: A Model for Early Years Teacher Transformation
Carolyn Silberfeld
International Student Experiences: Influences on Early Childhood Practice
Christine Such, Julia Druce and Hazel Jennings
Transformation of Early Years Provision Using Discourses for Professional Development for Practitioners
Hazel R. Wright
From Parent to Practitioner: Alternative Pathways to Professionalism
Lilian G. Katz
Endpiece: Where Are We Now and Where Should We Be Going?

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


'Expert contributors from around the world are found throughout this book, making it essential reading for all those studying on early years courses'
-Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator


We are using an alternative text.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
June 15, 2015

We are using an alternative text.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
June 15, 2015

This is a fantastic book for those studying comparative education or different childhoods. The text identifies British cultural perspectives as well as global. The perspectives in this text are varied but in sufficient depth to make this recommended reading for our students on the BA (Hons) Child Development and Education.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
April 29, 2015

Very easy to read useful reference for comparative study assignments

Mrs Tracey Edwards
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
April 1, 2015

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