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Global Perspectives of Early Childhood Education

Global Perspectives of Early Childhood Education
Valuing Local Cultures

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October 2022 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book offers students rich local cultural examples of early childhood education from around the world.  Informed by first-hand research and practice, this book provides authentic snapshots of early childhood education from a range of countries from both the Global North and South, including Afghanistan, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Eswatini, Mongolia. Nepal, Sami children of Finland, and Syrian refugee children, enabling readers to better understand the wider determinants that influence the multiplicity and diversity of children’s daily experiences of early childhood education.  

This book provokes and challenges the reader to deconstruct personal views and assumptions and embrace openness and respect for new understandings of other rich early educational heritages and practices.  Part 1 provides insights into the different historical, colonial, political and socio-cultural heritage from a range of Majority world countries, showing how they impact on ECE. Part 2 offers pedagogical case studies from a selection of the countries in Part 1 that offer insights into children’s daily experiences of early childhood education. The case studies are informed by working respectfully with people from each country.

With expert contributors drawn from across the world, this book is essential reading for those interested in global perspectives on children’s early learning. 

Dr Naomi McLeod is a Senior Lecturer in 
Early Childhood Education and deputy lead for the CERES Research Informed Pedagogies Group at Liverpool John Moores University, UK  

 Dr Emem E.Okon works developing professional development programmes for educational practitioners in Nigeria.  

 Diane Garrson is a dual heritage Scouse Jamaican, anti racist, educator, leader and community mentor.

 Dr Diane Boyd is a Senior Lecturer inEarly Childhood Educationat Liverpool John Moores University, UK and is an active member of the Department of Education post COP 26 working group.

 Dr Angela Daly is a Reader in Education and Global Learning at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. 




Part 1: Early Childhood Education in a Range of Countries
Rachel Maranto
Chapter 1: Early Childhood Education in Afghanistan
Catrina Luz Aniere, Sandra Wooltorton and Diane Boyd
Chapter 2: Kids on Country: An Indigenous Programme in Australia
Naiara Unzurrunzaga Martínez and Lidia Cerqueira
Chapter 3: Early Childhood Education for Indigenous Children in Brazil
Cristian Fabbi, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö and Emem E. Okon
Chapter 4: Early Childhood Development and Education in The Kingdom of Eswatini
Naomi McLeod, Diane Garrison, Monika Quarcoo and Dominika Zbyl
Chapter 5: Early Childhood Education in Ghana
Julia Morgan and Tumendelger Sengedorj
Chapter 6: Early Childhood Education for Nomadic Children in Mongolia
Kishore Shrestha, Babu Kaji and Angela Daly
Chapter 7: Early Childhood Education and Development in Nepal
Emem E. Okon
Chapter 8: Early Childhood Education in Nigeria
Tarja Karlsson Häikiö, Pigga Keskitalo and Liisa Lohilahti
Chapter 9: Early Childhood Education for Indigenous Sámi Children of Finland
Julia Morgan
EChapter 10: arly Childhood Education and Care for Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey
Part 2: Pedagogical Themes
Chapter 11: Democratic Learning: Participation and Children’s Rights
Chapter 12: Playful Learning
Chapter 13: Identity and a Sense of Belonging
Chapter 14: Outdoor Learning Environments
Chapter 15: Learning at Home and in the Community
Chapter 16: School Readiness and Formal Learning
Chapter 17: Culturally Respectful Professional Development

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