Early Childhood Pedagogies: Creating Spaces for Young Children to Flourish

Jane Murray* (Editor), Jane Murray, Belinda Davis, Sheila Degotardi, Paulette Luff, Mallika Kanyal, Peter Elfer, Jools Page, Elizabeth White, Bridgette Redder, Marilyn Fleer, Leena Helevaara Robertson, Jarmo Kinos, Nancy Barbour, Maarika Pukk , Leif Rosqvist, Doris Cheng Pui-Wah, Jyrki Reunamo, Paul Cooper, Karen LiuKeang-ieng Peggy Vong, Maire Tuul, Rain Mikser, Evelyn Neudorf , Aino Ugaste, Verity Campbell-Barr, Éva Bakosi, Magdolna Nemes, Sándor Pálfi , Paolo Sorzio, Kathleen Harris, Arve Gunnestad, Sissel Mørreaunet , Silas Onyango, Christian Winterbottom, Philip Mazzocco, Karin Franzén, Liang Li , Eleonora Teszenyi , Denise Hevey, Tracy Gallagher, Penny Lawrence, Pen Green Team, Rune Storli , Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter, Kwi-Ok Nah, Tim Waller

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Diverse international perspectives on the ways in which young children’s learning and care may be supported converge in this book. Traversing the field of early childhood education and care from its established philosophical underpinnings to 21st century research, policies, and practices, the contributions to this volume draw together past and present discourses as a basis for shaping future trajectories.

In spite of a growing international consensus on the strong influence of early childhood experiences on lifetime outcomes, the nineteen chapters reveal contemporary early childhood pedagogy as a collection of spaces characterised by plurality, complexity, and dissonance. These characteristics signal the importance of recognising early childhood pedagogies: multiple models of practice for the many diverse learning and care contexts that have the capacity to value young children as individuals and enable each to flourish now and throughout their lives. Moreover, such characteristics disrupt notions that a single ‘optimal’ early childhood pedagogy is either possible or desirable.

This exciting global collection of empirical research reports and discursive papers provides inspiration to spark new reflections, fresh debates, and innovative endeavours among early childhood students, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers around the world. This book was originally published as a special issue of Early Child Development and Care.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages322
ISBN (Electronic)9781315473536
ISBN (Print)9781138202597, 9780367230951
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2017

Bibliographical note

Jane Murray is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Education and Research at the University of Northampton, UK. Previously an early childhood teacher, she teaches, researches, and writes in the fields of early childhood and education, with particular focus on children’s agency and social justice. Her work includes projects with UNICEF and with governments in countries including Georgia, Ethiopia, and Bhutan.


  • early childhood education
  • pedagogy
  • early childhood
  • early childhood development


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