ERIC Number: ED428891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education: Lessons from My Travels.
Katz, Lilian G.
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v1 n1 Spr 1999
Working with early childhood colleagues in other countries can be enlightening and enriching. This paper offers seven insights gained from the international experience: (1) "What It Feels Like To Be a Teacher" discusses observations of student and teacher behavior and attitudes in classrooms in China, a Caribbean island, and India; (2) "Similarities across Countries" notes that teachers' roles may be more powerful determinants of their ideas, ideals, ideologies, concerns, and beliefs than are the larger political, social, and cultural contexts in which they work; (3) "Problems with Comparative Studies" discusses the difficulties inherent in comparing educational provisions and effectiveness across countries; (4) "The Spread of Ideas across Borders" discusses the influence of the British Infant School approach in the 1960s and 1970s, the influence of the innovative province-wide reform work of British Columbia, Canada, in the 1980s, and most recently the influence of the Reggio Emilia approach; (5) "Issues Unique to the United States" explores interests that appear of concern only in the United States, such as the development of self-esteem in children; (6) "Self-Criticism in the United States" discusses one American habit--self-deprecation; and (7) "U.S. Leadership in Anti-Bias and Multicultural Awareness" notes that the United States deserves a great deal of credit for leadership in addressing anti-bias and multicultural issues. A version of this paper was originally presented at the President's Seminar "International Perspectives on Young Children, Their Families, and Early Care and Education" at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Toronto, Canada in November, 1998. (LPP/EV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Note: Contained in PS 027 470.