ERIC Number: EJ1077587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Conforming to Reform: Teaching Pre-Kindergarten in a Neoliberal Early Education System
Brown, Christopher P.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v13 n3 p236-251 Oct 2015
Policymakers' neoliberal education reforms have altered the landscape of publicly funded early education in the United States and across the globe. Practically speaking, these reforms expect early childhood teachers to prepare their students for success in elementary school and later life by providing them with a specific set of knowledge and skills. This creates a new set of challenges for early educators who strive to prepare their culturally and linguistically diverse students for school in a manner that addresses their individual, cultural, and sociopolitical needs. The study discussed in this article set out to examine how teachers who were identified as meeting their students' various needs prepared them for success in elementary school. In doing so, it became apparent that these teachers struggled to define their practices as well as the construct of effective teaching in ways that went beyond policymakers' neoliberal conception of the early education process. This article examines this tension and considers what is possible for teachers and the field of publicly funded early education in these highly structured neoliberal systems of governance.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Preschool Education, Neoliberalism, Teaching Methods, Student Needs, Governance, Student Diversity, Academic Achievement, School Readiness, Educational Practices, Teacher Attitudes, Preschool Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Case Studies, School Districts, High Stakes Tests, Cultural Background, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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