Focus on Early Childhood Education


Antonio Pinto (Editor)
Vitale Pagnotto (Editor)

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU023000

In this compilation, the authors present research carried out in three different institutions: university, infant and primary school, and nursery school, with the last two institutions analyzed from a teacher’s, educator’s and parent’s point of view. The goal is to determine the way motor functions contribute to the formative process in infant school in a systematic way within physical education. Next, a comparative study is presented to examine tension between quality and equity in education in the region of Latin America, with the intent of opening a dialogue wherein common constructions can be identified while respecting singular and particular pathways. Following this, a study on Greek kindergarten teachers’ practice is presented, specifically focusing on how their values impact their decision to use worksheets in kindergarten.

A conceptual piece is offered, maintaining that a conversation analysis of children’s play and media (Pandey, 2012) yields one of the most astonishing accounts of their language and interaction. The instructional value of conversation analysis is established using data from a variety of sources, including a Disney movie. Next, data obtained from a survey involving early childhood teachers in Hong Kong is deliberated on. This survey assessed a multitude of factors, including: “knowledge of policy, self-efficacy, professional development, experience, professional role, environmental factors, their school’s adapted curriculum, teamwork, and provision of resources.” The final chapter explores the current situation of limited access of young children to early childhood education and care settings in Tanzania, offering information on childhood education and care (ECEC) from an international perspective to those who are involved with young children and their families. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Contribution of Physical Education to Infant School from Different Views (pp. 1-46)
Pedro Gil Madrona, María Belén Sáez Sánchez and Cristina Honrubia Montesinos

Chapter 2. In Pursuit of Quality and Equity on Early Childhood Education in Latin America (pp. 47-84)
Ana Ancheta and Luís Miguel Lázaro

Chapter 3. The Pedagogy of Worksheets in Early Childhood Settings: Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices (pp. 85-122)
Maria Birbili

Chapter 4. Conversation Analysis as a Powerful Tool for Enabling Social Justice: Focusing on Children’s Play and Media-Based Language (pp. 123-156)
Anita Pandey

Chapter 5. Towards Inclusion in Early Childhood Education: Personal and Environmental Factors Associated with Teachers’ Resistance (pp. 157-184)
Frances Lai Mui Lee, Katrina Barker, Danielle Tracey, and Alexander Seeshing Yeung

Chapter 6. Enhancing Young Children’s Access to Early Childhood Education and Care in Tanzania (pp. 185-210)
Ignasia Mligo

Index (pp. 211)

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