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.

The Individual as Inspiration: A Model for Early Years Teacher Transformation

The individual as inspiration: A model for early years teacher transformation


Against the backdrop of South African policies on early childhood development (ECD), this chapter explores three case studies in the form of personal stories and testimonies showing the significance and the impact of the Caversham Early Years Teacher Training Course. Caversham Education Institute has adopted the mission statement: Inspiration in the Individual and the Individual as Inspiration. The pedagogical model developed by Caversham has three clear strands: Personal Development, Knowledge Building and Skills Attainment. The methodology used incorporates the Caversham Hourglass Process© of Reflection, Dialogue and CreACTion™ leading to Ownership and is proving effective in inspiring individual teachers to become inspirations in their classes ...

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