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ERIC Number: EJ939113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Understanding Context, Understanding Practice in Early Education
Edwards, Anne
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v12 n1 p85-101 2004
In 2001 Erica Burman offered a strong critique of the individually oriented developmental psychology which, she argued, underpinned much of early years' practice. She proposed that this should be replaced by an attempt to understand how culture informs development. In this paper I attempt to continue the discussion started by Burman by looking at how context is incorporated into pedagogy. Drawing on sociocultural and activity theory frameworks, I demonstrate the importance of looking simultaneously at activities, actions and operations and how they are produced in the dynamics of settings as activity systems. Using examples from an intervention study with preschool practitioners I suggest that these frameworks allow us to trace relationships between context and practice in ways which can form a basis for the development of practice. (Contains 1 footnote, 2 tables, and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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