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International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care
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Part One: Setting the scene
The importance of international perspectives
Widening awareness of international approaches: an imperative for twenty-first-century early years practitioners?
International recognition of children's rights and its influence on early childhood education and care: the case of Zambia

Part Two: How approaches have developed
Embedding early childhood education and care in the socio-cultural context: the case of Italy
The new face of early childhood in the United States
A critique of euro-centric perspectives on early childhood education and care in the Gambia
Estonia: socio-historic and political influences on the early childhood education and care system
Early childhood education in Norway and Sweden today: education for democracy Part Three: Workforce issues
South Africa: who are the early years practitioners and where do they work?
The quest for quality early childhood education and care: leadership in a changing political context in England and Hong Kong
India: early childhood educators in changing patterns of early childhood education and care
Early childhood education and care in the Czech Republic: recent developments within a changing society Part Four: Putting it into practice; curriculum and pedagogy
Day to day in Italian preschools: environments for learning and development
A day in the life of a New Zealand kindergarten teacher: a curriculum of open possibilities
HighScope today: pedagogy for learning and development
China: pedagogy today and the move towards creativity
Canada: developing an ethical pedagogy and curriculum
Diverse theories for diverse learners? The Australian early years learning framework
Using Leuven observation and assessment tools to investigate outdoor provision
Hungary: kindergarten as a public education institution
The Japanese view of nature and its implications for the teaching of science in the early childhood years
Early childhood education and care in the UK: piecemeal development through philanthropy, propagation, pluralism and pragmatism

About the Author

Jan Georgeson is Research Fellow at Plymouth University.

Jane Payler is Senior Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Winchester.

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