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Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education

Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism: A Reader


Edited By Marianne N. Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener and Gaile S. Cannella

Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education is a foundational text, which presents contemporary theories and debates about early education and child care in many nations. The authors selected are leading contributors in discussions about critical early childhood studies over the past twenty years; the editors are long-time scholars in the reconceptualizing early childhood movement. Audiences include students in graduate courses focused on early childhood and primary education, critical cultural studies of childhood, critical curriculum studies and critical theories that have been contested and debated and drawn from over the course of two decades.
The book is filled with recent scholarship by leading authors in the reconceptualization and rethinking of childhood studies and early childhood fields, who discuss foundational debates, new imaginaries in theory and practice and activist scholarship. A must-read for graduate students and professionals interested in beginning or continuing critical interrogations of current early childhood policy and reforms globally.
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Alejandro Azocar is currently an Assistant Professor of English as a Second Language at the University of West Alabama – Livingston. Originally from Chile, his academic interest is the analysis of language ideologies in monolingual societies that co-exist with minority languages and peoples. In particular, his academic work centers on the formation of pedagogical subjectivities among teachers who teach foreign languages as non-native speakers of such languages, for example American teachers of Spanish, or Chilean teachers of English. His dissertation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison examined how subjectivity formation among pre-service Spanish teachers affected curricular decisions in Spanish lessons aimed at children in K-3 classrooms. He has presented his research at several Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education conferences.

Chelsea Bailey began her career in early childhood education as a young child and continued her career in the field as a preschool teacher and university professor. She has gone on to work as an independent scholar and consultant across various aspects of the field. She has worked extensively in the areas of teacher professional development, school and curriculum design, and early childhood program development in the United States and abroad. Her program development work in the U.S. is focused on strengthening the spiritual aspects of early learning settings. In China, she is working in collaboration with Chinese and U.S.-based educators to design, develop, and launch early childhood programs relevant to China’s changing social context. Drawing heavily on systems theory, organization design theory, and radical theories of love, she...

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