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Sisson, Jamie Huff; Whitington, Victoria; Shin, Anne-Marie; Thiel, Jaye Johnson; Comber, Barbara – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
The importance of community has been widely recognised in the field of early childhood education. However, the various ways it has been conceived, together with taken-for-granted notions of education, have made it difficult to actualise the processes involved in contextually meaningful ways. This article draws on cultural models theory to explore…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Community, Democratic Values, Educational Environment
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Fenech, Marianne; King, Samantha – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
Regulatory drivers of teacher quality and teacher professionalism are increasingly being utilised in Australia and internationally to improve children's outcomes. In the context of a recent national review on teacher registration, this article reports on findings from a small-scale study that investigated three early childhood teachers'…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Professionalism, Preschool Teachers
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Yang, Weipeng; Li, Hui – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
This study employed an inductive qualitative approach to understanding the effects of local culture on early childhood curriculum development in two Hong Kong kindergartens. A triangulation of interviews, observations and documents was established, and cultural-historical activity theory was employed as the theoretical framework. The results…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Cultural Influences, Curriculum Development, Preschool Curriculum
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Nome, Dag Øystein – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
This article explores conflicts among toddlers in kindergarten and the impact of toys in these conflicts. The author describes these interactions as part of how children develop and express their citizenship, and argues that staff members should hesitate before interfering with rules in order to prevent such conflicts. This is based on Mouffe's…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Conflict, Kindergarten, Child Development
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Land, Nicole – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
This article responds to Euro-western conceptions of childhood obesity that understand fat within developmental narratives, as biochemically consequential and as a marker of individualized responsibility. Drawing in multiple fat(s) generated in a pedagogical inquiry with early childhood educators and children, the author articulates…
Descriptors: Child Health, Obesity, Body Composition, Child Development
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Broughton, Anthony – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
As US schools become increasingly diverse, the population of teachers who serve them remains predominantly homogeneous. Teacher preparation programs must prepare pre-service teachers to draw from multicultural perspectives or multiple ways of knowing if they truly intend to cultivate effective culturally responsive educators. This article presents…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Culturally Relevant Education, Early Childhood Education, African American Students
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Moss, Peter; Roberts-Holmes, Guy – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
Over the last 30 years, neo-liberalism has permeated early childhood, as all other aspects of life. Having introduced what neo-liberalism is, the article looks at some of its effects on early childhood education and care, including markets, imaginaries and governance. It argues that though neo-liberalism is a powerful force, it is resistible and…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Child Development, Governance, Early Childhood Education
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Kangas, Jonna; Harju-Luukkainen, Heidi; Brotherus, Annu; Gearon, Liam Francis; Kuusisto, Arniika – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
Early childhood education and care is a current interest in many countries. Many international studies have highlighted the importance of high-quality early education environments where learning and play are integrated. Studies show that these types of learning environments have a positive impact on children's future prospects and overall…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Cultural Differences
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Land, Nicole; Vintimilla, Cristina Delgado; Pacini-Ketchabaw, Veronica; Angus, Lucille – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
The authors propose decentering the child as a critical motion in the education of pedagogists who work to refuse developmental pedagogies in early childhood education. Tracing how child-centered developmental practices are obstacles for deeper ethical and intellectual work and reiterate anthropocentric relationalities, they offer two propositions…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods, Child Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
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Gleim, Leslie; Iorio, Jeanne Marie; Hamm, Catherine; Sadler, Kirsten – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
Quality, teaching and assessment in early childhood are often steeped in developmental logic and narrow understandings of teaching and learning. Pedagogy situated in agency and complexity disrupts these taken-for-granted narratives and offers multiple ways of teaching, learning and doing. In this article, the authors offer an example of these…
Descriptors: Planning, Student Participation, Preschool Education, Cooperative Planning
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Hunkin, Elise; Kilderry, Anna; Nolan, Andrea – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
In recent times, education policy and reform discourses have become increasingly politicised by neo-liberalism, with critical policy methodologies struggling to catch up. Critical policy sociologists have noted that critical commentaries rarely succeed in changing or impacting dominant education policy pathways. This article presents a framework…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, Neoliberalism, Educational Theories
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Shayan, Tahmina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
Providing spaces for children's culture becomes an issue when it conflicts with or threatens to reverse the notion of 'legitimate' culture. Here, legitimate culture refers to the dominant values of the official curriculum and teachers' cultural values. This article, which stems from an ethnographically oriented pilot study, explores the experience…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Ideology, Cultural Differences, Art Education
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Lee, Joohi; Joswick, Candace; Pole, Kathryn; Jocius, Robin – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
Algorithms are the essence of computational thinking, which refers to a set of problem-solving processes that help children become logical thinkers in this increasingly digital society. It is important for teachers of young children to carefully plan and implement algorithm design tasks that involve repeated step-by-step procedures to build strong…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Young Children, Logical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Oppong, Seth – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2022
This article draws on the literature in development economics, psychology and sociology to explicate how decolonised early childhood education and care services can reverse the metacolonial cognition lingering in the postcolonial era. In particular, the author shows that colonial institutions persist even after formal colonisation has ended…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Social Justice, Postcolonialism, Power Structure
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Bae, Shil – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
This article conducts a critical analysis of the Incredible Years parenting programme through the lens of post-colonial and post-structural theories. Drawing from Foucault's concept of 'governmentality' and 'discursive normalisation', the author questions the norms and definitions constructed by the implementation of Incredible Years in New…
Descriptors: Parent Education, Postcolonialism, Educational Theories, Program Implementation
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