Challenging Democracy in Early Childhood Education

Engagement in Changing Global Contexts

  • Valerie Margrain
  • Annica Löfdahl Hultman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Valerie Margrain, Annica Löfdahl Hultman
      Pages 3-12
    3. Solveig Hägglund, Annica Löfdahl Hultman, Nina Thelander
      Pages 13-24
  3. Democracy in Early Childhood Curriculum and Policy

  4. Espoused and Enacted EC Pedagogical Practice

  5. Childrens’s Democratic Arenas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Janice Myck-Wayne, Melinda R. Pierson
      Pages 197-211
    3. Katarina Ribaeus, Lovisa Skånfors
      Pages 233-245
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Annica Löfdahl Hultman, Valerie Margrain
      Pages 265-274

About this book


This book explores how concepts and values of contemporary democracy are variously understood and applied in diverse cultural contexts, with a focus on children and childhood and diversity. Drawing on a range of methodological approaches relevant to early childhood education, it discusses young children's engagement and voice. The book identifies existing practices, strengths, theories and considerations in democracy in early childhood education and childhood, highlighting the democratic participation of children in cultural contexts. Further, it illustrates how democracy can be evident in early childhood practices and interactions across a range of curriculum contexts and perspectives, and considers ways of advancing and sustaining practices with positive transformational opportunities to benefit children and wider ecological systems.

It offers readers insights into what democracy and citizenship look like in lived experience, and the issues affecting practice and encouraging reflection and advocacy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Valerie Margrain
    • 1
  • Annica Löfdahl Hultman
    • 2
  1. 1.Karlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.Karlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-7770-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-7771-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series Online ISSN 2468-8754
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