Lived spaces of infant-toddler education and care: exploring diverse perspectives on theory, research and practice

Linda J. Harrison (Editor), Jennifer Sumsion (Editor)

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Abstract

This book conceptualizes the ‘lived spaces’ of infant and toddler early education and care settings by bringing together international authors researching within diverse theoretical frameworks. It highlights diverse ways of understanding the experiences of very young children by exposing the ways that the authors are grappling with the unknown. The work explores broadly the construct and meanings of ‘lived spaces’ as relational spaces, interactional spaces, transitional spaces, curriculum spaces, or pedagogical spaces operating within the social, physical and temporal environment of infant-toddler education settings. The book invites interchange between and among diverse theories and approaches, and through this build new understandings of infants’ and toddlers’ experiences and interactions in early education and care settings. It also considers the implications of this work for policy and practice in infant and toddler education and care. ‘The strength of this manuscript is the international gathering of studies on infants and toddlers in ECEC, where the children are considered active participants and agents in their own lives.' Camilla Björklund, Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg, Sweden ‘The strongest aspect of the work is the confidence shown in each chapter. The book is a celebration of expertise from a variety of perspectives. It would be required reading for anyone with a special interest in young children.' Jane Bone, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Frankston, Victoria, Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages244
ISBN (Electronic)9789401788380
ISBN (Print)9789401788373
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational perspectives on early childhood education and development
Volume11

Keywords

  • cognitive stimulation in infant-toddler education and care
  • construct and meaning of “lived spaces”
  • cross-national perspectives
  • embodied experience
  • emotion in in infant-toddler education and care
  • infant-toddler education and care settings
  • infants’ and toddlers’ experiences and interactions
  • language and communication in infant-toddler education and care
  • lived experience
  • perceived space
  • play in infant-toddler education and care
  • policy and practice in infant-toddler education and care
  • professional practice in infant-toddler education and care
  • professional reflection in infant-toddler education and care
  • quality infant-toddler education and care
  • relational space
  • relationships in infant-toddler education and care
  • research in infant-toddler education and care
  • routines in infant-toddler education and care
  • social, physical and temporal environment
  • theoretical, philosophical, practice and policy frameworks
  • theories of infant-toddler education and care

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