Disrupting and Countering Deficits in Early Childhood Education (Hardback)
  • Disrupting and Countering Deficits in Early Childhood Education (Hardback)

Disrupting and Countering Deficits in Early Childhood Education (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 03/09/2019
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This powerful edited collection disrupts the deficit-oriented discourses that currently frame the field of early childhood education (ECE) and illuminates avenues for critique and opportunities for change. Researchers from across the globe offer their insight and expertise in challenging the logic within ECE that often frames children and their families through gaps, risks, and deficits across such issues as poverty, language, developmental psychology, teaching, and learning. Chapters propose practical responses to these manufactured crises and advocate for democratic practices and policies that enable ECE programs to build on the wealth of cultural and personal knowledge children and families bring to the early learning process. Moving beyond a dependence on deficits, this book offers opportunities for scholars, researchers, and students to consider their practices in early education and develop their understanding of what it means to be an educator who seeks to support all children.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138103535
Number of pages: 208
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


"Nxumalo and Brown have assembled a powerful collection of chapters which identify, disrupt, and offer a range of promising possibilities for countering pervasive deficit discourses long ingrained in early childhood education. Grounded on the understanding that education is never neutral, this timely and critical book unveils the intertwined stronghold of racial capitalism, settler colonialism, and rising environmental vulnerability in early childhood education across contexts. Concomitantly offering critical reflection and real possibilities for transforming early childhood education, it sketches hopeful pathways for negotiating emancipatory and strengths-based possible futures for the profession. Disrupting and Countering Deficits in Early Childhood Education is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding why and how early childhood education can and must change as a matter of justice." - Mariana Souto-Manning; Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education; Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

"Disrupting and Countering Deficits in Early Childhood Education is a much-needed collection that sheds light on perhaps taken-for-granted rhetoric, practices, and policies that frame children from deficit discourses. The authors not only give a historical look at how concepts such as race, gender, poverty, and language contribute to deficient views of young children, but also how these constructs produce current realities and future possibilities through research practices, policies, and pedagogies. Terms such as at-risk, developmentally appropriate practice, intervention, readiness, achievement and word gaps, and quality childcare are examined alongside stories from various international research communities. This edited book begs readers to ponder ethical questions such as: What is our work as educators producing for the worlds of young children and their more-than-human relationships? And how might we respond differently in producing these lively worlds?" - Candace R. Kuby, University of Missouri, USA

"This is one of the defining reads in critical early childhood studies. Fikile Nxumalo and Christopher P. Brown unpack, challenge and disrupt the dominant discourses in early childhood education with leaders of the field. The collection is a beautifully written and curated collection of important and ground-breaking texts." - Marek Tesar, The University of Auckland, NZ

"This book is an urgent call to action against the suffocating and persistent power of deficit-based thinking, policy and practice that affirms children's right to a childhood that is not framed and defined by pathologizing discourse, widening gaps, risk factors, and other oppressive labels. Contributors to this volume complicate and deepen the critique of deficit discourse and offer needed alternatives, drawing from an array of critical perspectives, including onto-epistemologies of the global south, decolonial, anti-racist and non-anthropocentric approaches that respect multiple childhoods and honor children and families and their funds of knowledge, resistance and possibilities." - Beth Blue Swadener, Arizona State University, USA

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