Curriculum in Early Childhood Education: Reexamined, Rediscovered, Renewed provides a critical examination of the sources, aims, and features of early childhood curricula. Providing a theoretical and philosophical foundation for examining teaching and learning, this book will provoke discussion and analysis among all readers. How has theory been used to understand, develop, and critique curriculum? Whose perspectives are dominant and whose are ignored? How is diversity addressed? What values are explicit and implicit?
The book first contextualizes the historical and research base of early childhood curriculum, and then turns to discussions of various schools of theory and philosophy that have served to support curriculum development in early childhood education. An examination of current curriculum frameworks is offered, both from the US and abroad, including discussion of the Project Approach, Creative Curriculum, Te Whariki, and Reggio Emilia. Finally, the book closes with chapters that enlarge the topic to curriculum-being-enacted through play and that summarize key issues while pointing out future directions for the field. Offering a broad foundation for examining curriculum in early childhood, readers will emerge with a stronger understanding of how theories and philosophies intersect with curriculum development.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
[Curriculum in Early Childhood Education]is a comprehensive look at the issues and influences that impact early childhood curriculum and practice. The chapters provide excellent background information as well as ties to current trends or problems in the field. --Teachers College Record
[Curriculum in Early Childhood Education]provokes a much-needed dialogue to create a more expansive early childhood curriculum that includes multiple perspectives and possibilities. The book is highly recommended as an excellent contribution to the field of early childhood. -- CHOICE
[Curriculum in Early Childhood Education] is a comprehensive look at the issues and influences that impact early childhood curriculum and practice. The chapters provide excellent background information as well as ties to current trends or problems in the field. This is a strong addition to the literature; the focus is clear and it is appropriate for the intended audience. It would be useful as a core text in any early childhood graduate program. -- Teachers College Record