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Global Perspectives of Early Childhood Education

Global Perspectives of Early Childhood Education
Valuing Local Cultures

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September 2022 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This text offers students rich local cultural examples of Early Childhood Education from around the world. Informed by first-hand research and practice, the book provides authentic snapshots of ECE from countries, including Afghanistan, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Eswatini, Mongolia, Nepal, Sami children of Finland, and Syrian refugee children, enabling readers to better understand the wider determinants influencing the multiplicity and diversity of children’s daily experiences. With expert contributors drawn from across the world, this book is essential reading for those interested in global perspectives on early childhood.

Dr Naomi McLeod is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Liverpool John Moores University.

Dr Emem E.Okon develops professional development programmes for educational practitioners in Nigeria.  

Diane Garrison is an anti-racist, educator, leader and community mentor. 

Dr Diane Boyd is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Liverpool John Moores University.

Dr Angela Daly is a Reader in Education and Global Learning at Liverpool John Moores University.




Part 1: Early Childhood Education in a Range of Countries
Rachel Maranto
Chapter 1: Early Childhood Education in Afghanistan
Catrina Luz Aniere, Sandra Wooltorton and Diane Boyd
Chapter 2: Kids on Country: An Indigenous Programme in Australia
Naiara Unzurrunzaga Martínez and Lidia Cerqueira
Chapter 3: Early Childhood Education for Indigenous Children in Brazil
Cristian Fabbi, Tarja Karlsson Häikiö and Emem E. Okon
Chapter 4: Early Childhood Development and Education in The Kingdom of Eswatini
Naomi McLeod, Diane Garrison, Monika Quarcoo and Dominika Zbyl
Chapter 5: Early Childhood Education in Ghana
Julia Morgan and Tumendelger Sengedorj
Chapter 6: Early Childhood Education for Nomadic Children in Mongolia
Kishore Shrestha, Babu Kaji and Angela Daly
Chapter 7: Early Childhood Education and Development in Nepal
Emem E. Okon
Chapter 8: Early Childhood Education in Nigeria
Tarja Karlsson Häikiö, Pigga Keskitalo and Liisa Lohilahti
Chapter 9: Early Childhood Education for Indigenous Sámi Children of Finland
Julia Morgan
Chapter 10: Early Childhood Education and Care for Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey
Part 2: Pedagogical Themes
Chapter 11: Democratic Learning: Participation and Children’s Rights
Chapter 12: Playful Learning
Chapter 13: Identity and a Sense of Belonging
Chapter 14: Outdoor Learning Environments
Chapter 15: Learning at Home and in the Community
Chapter 16: School Readiness and Formal Learning
Chapter 17: Culturally Respectful Professional Development

Not adopted for this module but being inspected by team as a potential for next year's year 2 module on the foundation degree course.

Ms susan Gunn
Centre For Early Childhood, Worcester University
September 29, 2023

An excellent text discussing global perspectives of early childhood education that are accessible to students. The case study approach provides context that is engaging and informative that draws in the reader, to then continue to think about those overarching bigger issues.

Mrs Karen Williams
Faculty of Education, Health & Well-being (Walsall), Wolverhampton University
August 21, 2023

Excellent resource, which will be invaluable to the degree level learners

Miss Paula Ledson
Teaching, Learning and Standards, Riverside College Halton
October 3, 2023

This text provides a wealth of information on early childhood education from around the world. Just what I needed to get my students thinking about the bigger picture.

Ms Cheryl Anthony
Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
December 2, 2022

Really useful text that relates to our teaching content

Ms Helen Louise Cazaly
School of Education (Clifton), Nottingham Trent University
November 14, 2023

Naomi McLeod

Naomi McLeod is at Liverpool John Moores University and teaches across Early Childhood and Education Studies. Her research focuses on working creatively and respectfully ’with’ people to promote young children’s participation and agency, through critical reflection as a tool for continued professional development for transformational change. This focus and the importance of listening has informed her most current research, involving engaging respectfully and reflexively to appreciate and understand the rich heritage of indigenous customs and traditions associated with early learning across the world. Collectively, this has provoked her... More About Author

Emem Effiong Okon

Emem Okon obtained her MA and PhD both in Early Childhood Education, from Liverpool Hope University in the UK. She is passionate about children’s learning and development and has previously worked across early childhood and primary education in Nigeria as a practitioner and in establishing a nursery and primary school. She has also worked in out-of-school settings in England. She is currently involved in developing professional development programs for educational practitioners in Nigeria. Her research interests include curriculum and pedagogy, reflective teaching, children’s perspectives and indigenous pedagogies. More About Author

Diane Garrison

Diane Garrison is a dual heritage, Scouse Jamaican teacher, education leader, and mentor to young people. She has worked in schools in the private, voluntary and independent sector in the UK, Ghana and Oman. Her work includes developing opportunities for play-based early years education, that centre around recognising the needs of children and their families, building respectful relationships and collaborations that enable children to thrive. She also works extensively within her local community to develop partnerships that promote equality of opportunity and choice. Her interests include anti-racism, asset-based community development and... More About Author

Diane Boyd

Diane Boyd has been at LJMU since 2005 working with early childhood and early years students.  Her research interests are about early childhood education for sustainability and she is very active in promoting transformative change. Diane is on the executive committee for the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network  and is the Sustainability Lead. Her expertise is recognised as a member of the LJMU Institutions Climate Change Panel and she will be an active member of the Department of Educations post COP 26 working group ensuring early years is embedded into the final strategy. More About Author

Angela Daly

Angela Daly is a Reader in Education and Global Learning at Liverpool John Moores University. Angela has extensive international experience (UK, Ireland, Bangladesh, Tanzania, India, Nepal and The Gambia) in educational research, international development and in the voluntary and public sectors.  Her recent collaborative research with Global Action Nepal explores family migration, child labour and impacts on children’s education. She has a strong commitment to equality and social justice evidenced through her education and research practice in the areas of education and equality, global learning, science learning, public engagement,... More About Author

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