The glocalization of early childhood curriculum: global childhoods, local curricula

Philip Hui Li, Jennifer J. Chen

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With empirical evidence and theoretical critique, this book unveils the myths and debates (e.g., child-centeredness versus teacher-directedness) about early childhood curricula, revealing their unique social, cultural, and historical roots.

Analyzing globally advocated early childhood curricula and ideologies, such as the developmentally appropriate practice, the child-centered approach, constructivism, and globalized childhood, this book argues that the direct adoption of these contextually bound approaches in local environments may be inappropriate if social and cultural compatibility is lacking. The authors then examine how early childhood curricula may be implemented in a hybrid form. Featuring case studies from American and Chinese contexts, this book offers insights and recommendations for the future development and redeployment of early childhood curriculum studies and practices in a post-truth era.

This volume serves as a valuable resource for scholars and students of early childhood education and comparative education, as well as for key education stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)9781003274865
ISBN (Print)9781000837308, 9781032229515, 9781000837322, 9781032229508
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Early Childhood Education


  • glocalization
  • early childhood education


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