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Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood

Rethinking Readiness in Early Childhood Education

Implications for Policy and Practice

Authors: Iorio, Jeanne Marie, Parnell, Will

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This book challenges traditional conceptions of readiness in early childhood education by sharing concrete examples of practice, policy and histories that rethink readiness. This book seeks to reimagine possible new educational worlds for young children.

About the authors

William Ayers, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA Robert Bastien, Public Health Agency, Canada Anne Bauer, Aquatic Park School, USA Dana Frantz Bentley, Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, USA Marianne Bloch, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA Lynn Cohen, USA Sue Dockett, Charles Sturt University, Australia Tonia Durden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA Lorraine Falchi, La Escuelita, USA Dana E. Friedman, USA Jennifer Weiss Friedman, La Escuelita, USA Michelle Grant-Groves, USA Koeun Kim, Northwest Missouri State University, USA Linda Laidlaw, University of Alberta, Canada. Sheri Leafgren, Miami University, USA Joanne Lehrer, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada Julie Nicholson, Mills College, USA Joanne O'Mara, Deakin University, Australia Karen Ortiz, Helios Education Foundation, USA Bob Perry, Charles Sturt University, Australia Lacey Peters, Hunter College, City University of New York, USA Susan L. Recchia, Columbia University, USA Heather J. Pinedo-Burns, Columbia University, USA Elizabeth Quintero, California State University, Channel Islands, USA Beth Blue Swadener, Arizona State University, USA Ristyn Woolley, USA Suzanna So-Har Wong, University of Alberta, Canada

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“Rethinking Readiness in Early Childhood Education offers readers the chance to reflect on traditional notions of what it means to be prepared for kindergarten. In doing so, it compels its audience to reassess the aims of early learning experiences as well as the extent to which diverse learners and their needs are valued and addressed.” (Rebecca Blazar Lebowitz, Harvard Educational Review, Vol. 86 (3), 2016)


"In assembling a dazzling array of international authors engaged in rethinking readiness in early childhood education, Iorio and Parnell stimulate readers to re-imagine readiness that includes all its complexities, ambiguities, and paradoxical nature. The chapters encourage critical review of long-held assumptions and encourage new ways of reconceptualizing from a strong theoretical base. Viewing readiness from the perspectives of teachers, children, and parents, each chapter gives us new insight into this important educational policy issue." - Nicola Yelland, Professor and Director of Research in the College of Education, Victoria University, Australia

"The rhetoric and so-called 'reforms' of education for our youngest children are deeply problematic, but insidiously so when the goals, narrowly defined as what makes children 'ready' for school, are based in deficit-laden concepts of childhood and learners. Such are the revelations by Iorio, Parnell, and colleagues in Rethinking Readiness in Early Childhood Education with its collection of original analyses that not only reframe how we ought to think about teaching children, but also showcase innovative approaches to doing so. Anyone concerned about early childhood education, and about young children in general, should read and discuss this important new book." - Kevin Kumashiro, author of Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture (2012)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • A Cultural History of “Readiness” in Early Childhood Care and Education: Are There Still Culturally Relevant, Ethical, and Imaginative Spaces for Learning Open for Young Children and Their Families?

    Pages 1-18

    Bloch, Marianne N. (et al.)

  • Ready for School? Lessons from a Sociohistorical Investigation into Mechanisms of Preparation and Classification of Children for Primary School from 1911 to 1979

    Pages 19-32

    Lehrer, Joanne (et al.)

  • Something Isn’t Right: Deconstructing Readiness with Parents, Teachers, and Children

    Pages 33-47

    Peters, Lacey (et al.)

  • The Early Development Instrument: A Bioecological View of School Readiness

    Pages 49-64

    Cohen, Lynn E. (et al.)

  • “Daddy, Look At the Video I Made on My iPad!”: Reconceptualizing “Readiness” in the Digital Age

    Pages 65-76

    Laidlaw, Linda (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking Readiness in Early Childhood Education
Book Subtitle
Implications for Policy and Practice
Authors
Series Title
Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48512-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137485120
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48511-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50359-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 232
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