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Conflicting ideologies in early childhood education : an exploration of Reggio-inspired practice

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Show simple item record Nguyen, Uyen Anna 2010-10-27T14:37:06Z 2010-10-27T14:37:06Z 2010-10-27
dc.description.abstract Within the field of early childhood education, the ideologies of child development and its parent discipline, developmental psychology, dominate both theory and practice. In recent years, educators have attempted to reconceptualise early childhood education by adopting more progressive approaches to teaching and learning. The aim of this present research study was to critically examine the experiences of early childhood educators who have adopted a Reggioinspired approach to educating young children. To explore their experiences, an institutional ethnography was employed involving seven educators from a large child care organization in Hamilton, Ontario. In line with the intent ofthis study, qualitative data were collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews, participant-observations and textual analyses to explore the presence of developmental-psychological ideologies within early childhood education and Reggio-inspired practice. The present study also examined the challenges faced by educators who have adopted a Reggio-inspired approach. The results of this study indicate that ideologies associated with the developmental-psychological paradigm dominate the practice of early childhood educators and that the conflicting ideologies that surround Reggio educators may play a role in some of the challenges educators experience. The findings of this study thus demonstrate a need to adopt alternative approaches toward understanding both children and childhood, in both early childhood educational theory and practice. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Early childhood education en_US
dc.subject Reggio Emilia approach (Early childhood education) en_US
dc.title Conflicting ideologies in early childhood education : an exploration of Reggio-inspired practice en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US M.A. Child and Youth Studies en_US Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Department ofChild and Youth Studies en_US Faculty of Social Sciences en_US

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