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The Capability Approach and Early Childhood Education Curricula

An Investigation into Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices

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Antoanneta Potsi

This book explores the Capability Approach (CA) as an alternative critical lens through which to regard early childhood education (ECE) curricula. The CA framework is a counter narrative to the narrow instrumentalism that reduces education to a mere process of academic skills acquisition for a future workplace. Primarily the book draws on the example of the Greek case. Criticizing the «bit role» that the front-line implementers play in the curriculum design and planning procedure it argues that efficient curriculum development can only occur when a zymosis between the pedagogues’ beliefs, practical experience, and theoretical knowledge is accomplished. Evidence shows that beliefs define the educators’ practices into the pedagogical context. The issues discussed are unlikely to be confined to this country alone and will have resonances on other contexts.

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A n to an n et a Po ts i · T h e C ap ab ili ty A p p ro ac h a n d E ar ly C h ild h o o d E d u ca ti o n C u rr ic u la 35 Antoanneta Potsi The Capability Approach and Early Childhood Education Curricula An Investigation into Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices Labour, Education & Society 35 This book explores the Capability Approach (CA) as an alternative critical lens through which to regard early childhood education (ECE) curricula. The CA framework is a counter narrative to the narrow instrumentalism that reduces education to a mere process of academic skills acquisition for a future work- place. Primarily the book draws on the example of the Greek case. Criticizing the “bit role” that the front-line implementers play in the curriculum design and planning procedure it argues that efficient curriculum development can only occur when a zymosis between the pedagogues’ beliefs, practical experience, and theoretical knowledge is accomplished. Evidence shows that beliefs define the educators’ practices into the pedagogical context. The issues discussed are unlikely to be confined to this country alone and will have resonances on other contexts. Antoanneta Potsi holds a PhD from the Research School “Education and Ca- pabilities” of the University of Bielefeld. She studied Early Childhood Education, worked as a research fellow at the University of Wuppertal, and has didactic and practical experience in Germany and Greece. Her research interests are childhood studies,...

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