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.

International Student Experiences: Influences on Early Childhood Practice

International student experiences: Influences on early childhood practice
CarolynSilberfeld

Overview

This research explores the influences on early years practice, experienced by early childhood studies undergraduate students, from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, who participated in an academic exchange programme between three higher education institutions in Europe and three higher education institutions in Canada, in 2005. Fieldwork was a compulsory component of the exchange programme and the participants all worked in early years settings. Some of the students were experienced practitioners, whilst others were not. For most of them the practical experience contributed to their developing knowledge about childhood and children's learning. Experiencing different approaches to practice was exciting for the students as well as challenging, not only with regard to ...

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