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Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Education

Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism: A Reader

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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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Chapter Fifteen: Revisiting Risk/Re-Thinking Resilience: Fighting to Live Versus Failing to Thrive

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FIFTEEN

Revisiting Risk/Re-Thinking Resilience: Fighting to Live Versus Failing to Thrive

Travis Wright

Through my work with young children and their families developing in the context of poverty, trauma, and other high-stress environments, I have observed that what might be a source of strength in one part of a child or family’s life may be a source of risk in another. Similarly, across individuals, what might be protective for some may be destructive for others. In considering the implications of this observation in the context of child development and the practice of early childhood education, I have begun to question whether current approaches adequately account for such complex development.

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