Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main contexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children. The Handbook includes sections on: the field of early childhood research and its key contributions new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research collecting and analysing data applications of early childhood research This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.

Chapter 11: Understanding Systems Theory and thinking: Early Childhood Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Understanding Systems Theory and thinking: Early Childhood Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Understanding systems theory and thinking: early childhood education in Latin America and the Caribbean
Sharon Lynn KaganMaria Caridad AraujoAnalia JaimovichYyann Cruz Aguayo


Systems Thinking and Early Childhood Education

Traditionally, early childhood research has focused primarily on elements of children's growth and development, pedagogical inputs and dynamics, the evaluation of specific programs or interventions, and the social contexts that influence young children and their development. Much of the present-day research has mobilized political and financial commitments, resulting in the considerably expanded attention now being accorded young children and early childhood education (ECE)1 by governments around the world.

Augmenting these approaches to early childhood research, additional lines of inquiry – notably systems ...

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