Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism: A Reader
Edited By Marianne N. Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener and Gaile S. Cannella
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.
Chapter Three: Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Research
Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Research
J. Amos Hatch
From its genesis, the reconceptualizing early childhood education (RECE) ethos has had strong connections to parallel movements within the broader scholarly community, including movements that challenge the dominant discourse of positivist science. In this chapter, I trace some of the evolvement of that parallel development, highlighting some of the prominent debates concerning early childhood research that have occurred from the 1980s to the present. As I discuss each movement, I include references to publications by RECE authors that exemplify scholarship linked to the debates of that period. I conclude with a call for a renewed commitment to generating high-quality scholarly inquiry that continues to reconceptualize the field.
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