By exploring the key issues, arguments and messages that exist in the field, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Early Childhood provides an international, comparative look at aspects of early childhood education and care. Pedagogical practices, learning cultures and the professional development of practitioners are considered within the wider political agenda of different countries. Pertinent policy and practice issues, such as numeracy and literacy, are carefully examined. Theodora Papatheodorou and Janet Moyles highlight how important it is to engage with and listen to children, to provide positive learning encounters.

How Children's Books Create a Scaffold to Understanding Diversity

How children's books create a scaffold to understanding diversity
Patricia H.Kostell


Beginning with Bruner's (2002) theory of ‘self-making narratives’, the author believes that, for the young learner, telling, retelling and engagement activities cultivate the construction of knowledge for the learner. Similarly, self-making narratives help to create a sense of one's self: the narratives in children's books, whether fiction or non-fiction, enable the child to create an understanding of diverse cultures based on what they know about their own culture. It is through hearing, seeing and imagery from the books that children move to telling and retelling. The project, discussed in this chapter, supports the view that literature, in the form of children's books, creates a scaffold in understanding ...

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