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Giaever, Katrine; Jones, Liz – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
The aim of this article is to illustrate the potential of 'atmosphere' in order to consider more inventive ways of developing the language of young Norwegian ethnic minority children. The article draws on ethnographic data that emerged from doctoral studies. The analysis of the data draws on aspects of Arendt's philosophical work and Bakhtin's…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Teaching Methods, Ethnic Groups, Minority Group Students
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Lee-Hammond, Libby; Bjervås, Lise-Lotte – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
Pedagogical documentation has been understood as an important way for early childhood educators to provide high-quality learning environments for children. The authors explore the contested nature of quality and its interpretation in two cultural contexts: in Western Australia, where pedagogical documentation is a relatively uncommon practice, and…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Comparative Education, Early Childhood Education
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Wilinski, Bethany – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
Increased investment in publicly-funded pre-kindergarten (pre-K) in the USA has come with a concomitant focus on teacher professionalization. Pre-K policies and professionalization efforts often fail to acknowledge that they are layered upon a history of previous policies. New policies are inscribed onto this "discursive archive." The…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Educational Policy, Teaching Experience, Professionalism
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Cooke, Mandy; Wong, Sandie; Press, Frances – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
Children's engagement in risk-taking has been on the agenda for early childhood education for the past 10-15 years. At a time when some say the minority world has become overly risk averse, early childhood education aims to support confident, competent and resilient children through the inclusion of beneficial risk in early childhood education.…
Descriptors: Risk, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Education, Physical Activities
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Bentley, Dana Frantz – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
What does it mean to be an early childhood teacher in a time of pandemic? Which stories remain constant in our profession and which are lost to the hand of physical distance? This narrative inquiry explores the persistent role of story in the creation of the body of the classroom community, and the sustaining of a practice of an early childhood…
Descriptors: Pandemics, COVID-19, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Teachers
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Chen, Lin – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
This article aims to interrogate the Cartesian rationality determining current early childhood mathematics by highlighting the irrational aspect of mathematics learning, which is usually underemphasized and even devalued by the dominant discourse. Using Deleuze and Guattari's concept of refrain as the method, the article explores the unfolding…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Numbers, Time on Task, Learning Activities
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Odegard, Nina – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
This article draws on a new materialist paradigm to explore bricolaging data from an early childhood research project through an immanent ethical lens. This lens enables the researcher to stretch towards non-hierarchical relationships in between subjects and objects, thinking and doing. A bricoleur explores and builds different…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Early Childhood Education, Ethics, Educational Research
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Mitchelmore, Suallyn – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
Examining the critical potential of everyday practices within early childhood spaces, this article builds on a growing body of pedagogical research that challenges researchers 'to use theory to think "with" data' and create new concepts that are born out of the possibilities of the theory-practice relationship. By aligning Deleuze and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Inquiry, Educational Research
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Lee, Siew Fung – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
This article critically examines how the policy of funded nursery places for 'disadvantaged' two-year-olds in England opens up economic and political spaces in readiness for increased governance. The government introduced funded nursery places in September 2013, which aimed to promote disadvantaged children's educational outcomes, narrow the…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Outcomes of Education, Child Care Centers, Toddlers
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Morris, Lynette – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
Challenging the conventional binary of morality and subversion as opposing forces, this article presents a new construct of "ethical subversion" in early childhood education and care professional practice. The conceptual framework combines constructs of emotional labour and care ethics, and theorising on power and subversive tactics.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Ethics, Early Childhood Teachers
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Rooney, Tonya; Blaise, Mindy; Royds, Felicity – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
In response to the perception that climate change is too abstract and its consequences too far-reaching for us to make a difference, recent feminist environmental humanities scholars have drawn attention to connections that can be forged by noticing the intermingling of bodies, relations, materials, places and movements in the world. Inspired by…
Descriptors: Climate, Weather, Relevance (Education), Preschool Education
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Lee, Joohi; Lee, Joo Ok – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
This article presents ways to promote children's measurement reasoning in a preschool classroom setting using a non-standard unit. Providing children with a personalized ruler allows them to practice measurement as part of their daily routine.
Descriptors: Human Body, Measurement, Thinking Skills, Preschool Children
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Albin-Clark, Jo – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
This article asks the question of what documentation is doing, rather than what documentation means in the context of early childhood education. By focusing on the documentation of a young child's playful exploration with water that inhabits a classroom wall, new materialist theories are put to work to ponder documentation's agentive capacities…
Descriptors: Documentation, Early Childhood Education, Child Behavior, Play
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Hooper, Alison; Hallam, Rena; Skrobot, Christine – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
This research uses focus group methodology to examine how a specific subset of family childcare providers--those participating in a voluntary quality rating and improvement system and serving a high percentage of children receiving childcare subsidy--define quality. The study builds on the limited existing research about family childcare quality,…
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Caregivers, Grants, Learning
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Boutte, Gloria; Bryan, Nathaniel – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2021
We demonstrate that Black children are not faring well in early childhood settings and suggest ways educators can work toward ensuring that Black children thrive and flourish in schools. Five types of daily violence/traumas that Black children experience in schools are described against the ethical backdrop "First Do No Harm" (Boutte,…
Descriptors: African American Students, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Early Childhood Education
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