ERIC Number: ED300137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Advocacy: The Early Childhood Historian's Not-So-Hidden Agenda.
Ranck, Edna Runnels
To examine how knowledge of history and politics informs the early education and child care field, this paper identifies sources of historical knowledge and unexamined underlying presuppositions frequently held by early childhood professionals which, if allowed to remain unchallenged, contribute to professional burn-out, repeated frustration at perceived failure, and inappropriate responses to existing situations. These presuppositions concern: (1) the complexity of change and the nature of pluralism; (2) the view that history is dull, boring, and irrelevant, and (3) the idea that politics is "dirty," manipulative, and cynical. A second aim of the discussion is to show early childhood educators, caregivers, and administrators how the knowledge of their historical roots and their political context can enable them to become, not just capable advocates, but also more effective and successful workers at whatever job they do, whether it be as group teacher, head teacher, director, coordinator, administrator, professor, or policymaker. (Fifty-four references are provided.) (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Anaheim, CA, November 10-13, 1988).