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Feminism(s) in Early Childhood

Using Feminist Theories in Research and Practice

  • Kylie Smith
  • Kate Alexander
  • Sheralyn Campbell

Part of the Perspectives on Children and Young People book series (PCYP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Kylie Smith, Kate Alexander, Sheralyn Campbell
    Pages 1-7
  3. Feminism(s) Reconceptualising Histories

  4. Feminism(s) Reconceptualising Institutions

  5. Feminism(s) Reconceptualising Practice

About this book


This unique book brings together international scholars from around the globe to examine how different feminist theories are being used in early childhood research, policy and pedagogy. The array of feminist discourses captured by the authors offer contextualised possibilities for disrupting dominant patriarchal beliefs and producing change. The authors address and challenge how early childhood experiences, institutions and practices produce gendered effects across and within diverse contexts and demonstrate how feminism(s) in action can be used to reconceptualise research methods, government policy, children’s learning, teaching practice and educational resources. In this way, the book contributes to creating new knowledge connections and community alliances in the global effort to end gender-based inequalities across local and global communities. 


Early Childhood Practice Early childhood education Early childhood pedagogy Early childhood policy Early childhood studies Equity in education Feminism in early childhood Feminist theories Gender and children International Early Childhood Leadership in Early Childhood Social justice in education

Editors and affiliations

  • Kylie Smith
    • 1
  • Kate Alexander
    • 2
  • Sheralyn Campbell
    • 3
  1. 1.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Kylie Smith is a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Youth Research Centre and Associate Dean Research Training at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Her research examines how theory and practice can challenge the implementation of equity in the early childhood classroom. She has worked with children, parents and teachers to build safe and respectful communities.

Kate Alexander is a Senior Administrator at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education, where she provides support to staff located in the Youth Research Centre. Previously, she worked as a Research Fellow on a variety of research projects, grants and publications development exploring equity issues in early childhood. She has completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies (Hons), a Master of Education (Research) that focused on gender and early childhood and is currently undertaking a PhD on the life histories of researchers that explore gender in early childhood.

Sheralyn Campbell is an educator and fellow at the University of Melbourne. Most recently she has worked as manager of children’s services for a small rural Australian local government organisation. She has worked for 40 years in a range of Australian children’s services and completed her doctoral studies with the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood. Her research and practice have focused on creating changes to how equity and diversity are experienced in early childhood education and care settings.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Feminism(s) in Early Childhood
  • Book Subtitle Using Feminist Theories in Research and Practice
  • Editors Kylie Smith
    Kate Alexander
    Sheralyn Campbell
  • Series Title Perspectives on Children and Young People
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives on Children and Young People
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-3055-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9776-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-3057-4
  • Series ISSN 2365-2977
  • Series E-ISSN 2365-2985
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 192
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Educational Philosophy
    Gender Studies
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