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Local Childhoods in Global Times

A reflection on early childhood experiences in a global context, both before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this volume, contributors from across the globe provide examples of local childhoods from different national contexts including the United States, Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, and Sweden. Each chapter presents a different focus on early childhood, showing the diversity and complexity across multiple countries. Key topics explored include multi-language development, nationalism, and multiculturalism. Across the chapters, concepts around cultural theories of everyday life show how practices of and concerning children function to produce childhood as an artifact, fiction, and instrument.

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded major changes around learning, agency, voice, and lived experience for children around the world, and this book aids readers in understanding how changing perspectives on children and childhood and identity are expressed among children, families, and educators in and outside educational environments. It brings together active researchers in the field of global childhoods to sustain and develop our community of research and scholarship, promoting internationalization through global childhoods as a way of cultural diversity and acceptance. It will be a useful resource for students and academics in early childhood education and education studies more generally, as well as practitioners and educators.

252 pages | 30 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. Globalization and child education: Research in early childhood education through five decades
CHAPTER 2. Transitioning into formal education: One on the journey to achieve SDG 4
CHAPTER 3. Raising children’s sustainability consciousness
CHAPTER 4. The Good Childhood in the Nordic Countries: Insider and Outsider Perspectives
CHAPTER 5. Children taking place in the institutional practice through their photographic voice
CHAPTER 6. Children’s Doing and Undoing Gender in the Circle-time: Stories from a Kindergarten in Indonesia
CHAPTER 7. ”I Have Always Been Speaking Finnish with my Children”- Supporting Children’s Heritage Language
CHAPTER 8. Becoming a Respectable Future Citizen: Norms on Ideal Bodies, Food and Eating Among Children in Indonesian, Japanese and Swedish Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).
CHAPTER 9. Teaching Language Learners in Science Classroom - A Case Study in Norwegian Secondary School
CHAPTER 10. Everyday life, national crises and the practice of global childhoods
CHAPTER 11. Teachers’ Understanding of Children’s Needs in the Times of Coronavirus: Norms on Children among Finnish and Swedish ECEC Teachers

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