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ERIC Number: EJ828115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Bringing Politics into the Nursery: Early Childhood Education as a Democratic Practice
Moss, Peter
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v15 n1 p5-20 Mar 2007
This paper explores the possibility that early childhood institutions can be, first and foremost, places of political practice--and specifically of democratic political practice. The case for the primacy of democratic political practice in early childhood institutions is made more urgent by two developments apparent in many countries today: the growth of policy interest in early childhood education, leading to an expansion of services, and the need to revive democratic politics. As well as bringing democratic practice into the nursery, what this would mean and what conditions might enable it, the paper also considers democratic practice at other levels: not just the institutional, but also the national or federal, the regional and the local, and how each level can create "democratic space" at other levels. The paper ends by considering four issues related to democracy in early childhood education including paradigmatic diversity and the European level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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