Early childhood pedagogies: spaces for young children to flourish

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This opening presentation is based on my paper in the Early Child Development and Care 'Early Childhood Pedagogy' Special Issue (185, 11-12) and begins by considering the complexities and contested spaces that occupy The Past and Present of Early Childhood Pedagogy. Discussion then turns to a range of some established Early Childhood Pedagogies, before a short section - Transitioning towards New Discourses – paves the way for an introduction to the new contributions in this issue: New Perspectives on Early Childhood Pedagogies. In the presentation I argue that early childhood pedagogy is a contested, complex and diverse space yet these factors are entirely appropriate for supporting young children to flourish as valued individuals in different contexts. Building on this argument, I posit that it may be more appropriate to discuss early childhood pedagogies rather than early childhood pedagogy in the singular.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2015
EventEarly Years Research Festival - The University of Northampton, UK
Duration: 17 Jun 2015 → …


ConferenceEarly Years Research Festival
Period17/06/15 → …


  • Early childhood pedagogy
  • early childhood development
  • early childhood education
  • early childhood education and care
  • pedagogy


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