ERIC Number: EJ1173585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
The Changing Landscape of Early Childhood Education: Implications for Policy and Practice
Haslip, Michael J.; Gullo, Dominic F.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v46 n3 p249-264 May 2018
Early childhood education is changing rapidly due to the dynamic nature of positive and negative trends affecting the profession. In this article, the changing landscape of early childhood education is discussed and analyzed. Both the positive and negative forces contributing to the changing landscape are examined. The focus of this discussion includes changing demographics, changes in early childhood curriculum and instruction, increased focus on accountability, advances in research that inform early childhood education, influences affecting teacher preparation and professional development, and global trends affecting early education and care. We relate these trends to the need for holistic systems-thinking, integrated curricula, child-centered pedagogical standards, deeper commitment to social justice and a corresponding moral vision capable of inspiring educational policy, practice and research in the midst of a competitive global economy and the commodification of early childhood programs and curricula. By discussing practical examples and research findings to illustrate current positive and negative trends, this paper serves as a meaningful resource for all stakeholders. Taking recent dynamics into account, we provide a vision for evaluating change and analyzing major trends. Both implications and responses to the changes in the early childhood landscape are discussed.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Teacher Education, Faculty Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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