Pedagogies of care for infants and toddlers

A community of minds: pedagogies of care for infants and toddlers in group-based ECEC settings in four cultures (USA, New Zealand, PRC Hong Kong and England)

 

Canterbury Christ Church University

 

A community of minds: pedagogies of care for infants and toddlers in group-based ECEC settings in four cultures (USA, New Zealand, PRC Hong Kong and England)

 

This multi-site, ethnographic study will use ‘videocued, multivocal’ elicitation and layered interpretation to understand a growing international phenomenon: the education and care in group-based settings of babies and toddlers, focusing on one-year-olds. Inspired by Joseph Tobin’s seminal, comparative ethnography1, partners in four countries (England, USA, New Zealand and China [Hong Kong SAR]) will collaborate to gather, share, analyse and interpret original data and disseminate evidence and its implications for research, policy, practice and professional education. The researchers will each work with infant/toddler teachers, centre leaders and parents2 of babies and toddlers from one ‘high quality3’ ECEC setting per country. Addressing an under-researched and disadvantaged aspect of ECEC, the study is grounded in the Froebelian principles of child-centredness and unity, which are consolidated internationally by literature from the emergent field of infant/toddler pedagogy. Adopting an ecological paradigm for data construction and analysis, the study will explore the connectedness of micro, meso, exo, macro and chronosystems4. A ‘person-context-process-time’ enquiry model will enable exploration of co-constructed ‘pedagogies of care’.

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