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Global Perspectives in Early Childhood Education

Diversity, Challenges and Possibilities


Edited By Marika Veisson, Eeva Hujala, Peter K. Smith and Manjula Waniganayake

The idea for this book arose from presentations delivered at two conferences in Tartu and in Tallinn in Estonia. These conferences brought together many professionals and researchers working in early education, many from Europe, and also Australia and the USA. This book, written by 37 authors, consists of chapters about the development of early childhood education, children’s developing skills and the early childhood curriculum, and about the role of early childhood teachers. Further topics are the role of parents in early childhood education, and the work with children with special needs in the preschool. The book will be of interest to those interested in early childhood practice and policy.


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475 About the Authors EDITORS Professor MARIKA VEISSON (PhD) Department of Preschool Education, Tallinn University, Estonia Marika Veisson’s research is about early childhood and school students, their parents and teachers, also about children with special needs and their families. She has edited some books in Estonian and English. As an experienced researcher she has led and participated in several national and international project teams. She has worked with undergraduate and postgraduate courses and also supervised three doctoral theses. Professor EEVA HUJALA (PhD) Department of Early Childhood Education, Tampere University, Finland The focus of Eeva Hujala’s research is in early childhood education and care as well as educational leadership and quality. Those topics include also human re- source management and staff’s well-being at child care facilities. Her research orientation is cross-cultural. She has participated in comparative studies about quality of child care in the USA, Russia and Finland, and about parent involve- ment in European countries. Professor PETER K. SMITH (PhD) Psychology Department, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK Peter K Smith has researched extensively on children’s play; school bullying and violence; grandparenting; and generally on social development. With Debra Pepler and Ken Rigby he edited Bullying in Schools: How Successful can Inter- ventions be? (CUP, 2004); and with Tony Pellegrini he edited The Nature of Play: Great Apes and Humans (Guilford, 2005). His book Children and Play has recently been published by Wiley-Blackwell (2010), and together with Craig Hart he has edited the second edition of the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood...

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