Culture and the conceptualisation of ECE and ‘the child’

“It is,” according to Joy Goodfellow, “possible that a business approach to childcare management and the provision of services is more likely within particular cultures such as an Anglo/Saxon socio-cultural context where economic values are paramount. However, this view is too simplistic.

Just as different cultural groups bring with them different values, they also bring different social constructions and representations of childhood, images of the child and assumptions about early education (OECD, 2001).” (61)

Ref: Joy Goodfellow (2005) ‘Market Childcare: preliminary considerations of a ‘property view’ of the child’  Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Volume 6, Number 1, pp. 54-65

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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