Reconceptualizing early childhood education and care - a reader : critical questions, new imaginaries & social activism

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  • This second edition of Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education and Care--A Reader: Critical Questions, New Imaginaries & Social Activism is a foundational text that presents contemporary theories, debates and political concerns regarding early education and child care around the globe. Chapter authors are leading contributors in discussions about critical early childhood studies over the past twenty-five years. The volume editors of Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education and Care are long-time scholars in the reconceptualizing early childhood movement. Audiences include students in graduate courses focused on early childhood, early years, and primary education, critical childhood studies, critical curriculum studies and critical theories/perspectives.


  • Includes bibliographical references.


  • Introduction : Reconceptualist histories and possibilities / Marianne N. Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener, and Gaile S. Cannella -- Section I : Foundational debates and continuing questions. Interrogating reconceptualizing early care and education (RECE) -- 25 years along / Marianne N. Bloch -- Reconceptualizing the early childhood curriculum : an unaddressed topic / Shirley A. Kessler -- Anxiety, theory, and the challenges of doing early childhood research / Josep Tobin -- Through a queer lens : recuperative longings and the reconceptualizing past / Jonathan Silin -- Still waiting for the revolution / Michael O.Loughlin -- Social justice, risk, and imaginaries / Susan Grieshaber and Felicity McArdle -- Section II : Diverse imaginaries. Reconceptualising evaluation in early childhood education / Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss -- Posthuman childhoods : questions concerning 'quality' / Marek Tesar and Sonja Arndt -- Black and Chicana feminisms : journeys toward spirituality and reconnection / Michelle Salazar Pèrez and Cinthya M. Saavedra -- Affective/effective reading and writing through real virtualities in a digitized society / Liselott Mariett Olsson and Ebba Theorell -- Bring back the asylum : reimagining inclusion in the presence of others / Gail Boldt and Joseph Michael Valente -- Radical theories of presence in early childhood imaginaries / Chelsea Bailey -- Our story of early childhood collaboration : imagining love and grace / Denise Proud and Cynthia à Beckett -- Ki te Whai ao, ki te ao Murama : early childhood understandings in pursuit of social, cultural, and ecological justice / Chreyl Rau and Jenny Ritchie -- Situated and entangled childhoods : imagining and materializing children's common world relations / Affrica Taylor -- Posthumanist imaginaries for decolonizing early childhood praxis / Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw and Fikile Nxumalo -- Section III : Social action and acitivism(s). Reconceptualizing early childhood education and the (im)possibility of racial justice / Mariana Souto-Manning [and 3 others] -- None for you : children's capabilities and rights in profoundly unequal times / Valerie Polakow -- The costs of putting quality first ; neoliberalism, (ine)quality, (un)affordability, and (in)accessibility? / Mark Nagasawa, Lacey Peters, and Beth Blue Swadener -- Learning from the margins : early childhood imaginaries, "normal science," and the case for a radical reconceptualization of research and practice / Mathias Urban -- [Im]possibilities of reinvention of Palestinian early childhood education / Janette Habashi -- Early childhood teacher educator as public intellectual / Jeanne Marie Iorio [and 3 others] -- Social activism : the risky business of early childhood educators in neoliberal Australian classrooms / Kylie Smith and Sheralyn Campbell -- The global childhoods project : complexities of learning and living with a biliterate and trilingual literacy policy / I-Fang Lee and Nicola Yelland -- Critical qualitative research and rethinking academic activism in childhood studies / Gaile S. Cannella
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