© 2012

Comparative Early Childhood Education Services

International Perspectives

  • Judith Duncan
  • Sarah Te One

Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)

Table of contents

About this book


This reconceptualizes the place of early childhood education within communities. It presents a shift in the lens of the teachers and management within early childhood services to incorporate new ways of working with, alongside, and in collaboration with family and the wider community.


childhood childhood education children community education Familie methodology Nation participation service

Editors and affiliations

  • Judith Duncan
    • 1
  • Sarah Te One
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Māori, Social and Cultural Studies in EducationUniversity of Canterbury College of EducationChristchurchNew Zealand
  2. 2.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

About the editors

Judith Duncan is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Comparative Early Childhood Education Services
  • Book Subtitle International Perspectives
  • Editors J. Duncan
    S. One
  • Series Title Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-11976-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-29838-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-01678-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXI, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Sociology, general
    Sociology of Education
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"This book challenges an image of early childhood services that has come to dominate much of the international literature. That challenge is both welcome and necessary." - Alan Pence, UNESCO Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care, and Development; Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria; Director, Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU)

"Te One and Duncan's pedigree in kindergarten teaching, political advocacy, community development, research, and early childhood teacher education provides an impeccable background for inspiring a similar group of activist writers to question, challenge, critique, and trouble our beliefs, our policies, and our practices that currently form the pedagogies of early childhood education centres (ECEC) in the early twenty-first century. During the twentieth century early childhood education moved beyond its radical experiments into the mainstream of education provision by the state. But there are some troubling aspects of this shift. Te One and Duncan, editors of this volume, provide a case for a radical re-conceptualizing and rethinking of the place and role of ECEC in our society." - Helen May, professor, College of Education, University of Otago