Investment in Early Childhood Education in a Globalized World

Policies, Practices, and Parental Philosophies in China, India, and the United States

  • Guangyu Tan
  • Amita Gupta
  • Gay Wilgus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gay Wilgus, Amita Gupta, Guangyu Tan
      Pages 3-23
  3. State Investments in Childhood Development: What Policymakers Need to Know?

  4. Parental and Family Involvement and Investments in Young Children: Parents’ Perspectives

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Gay Wilgus, Amita Gupta, Guangyu Tan
      Pages 303-327
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 329-337

About this book


This book is a comparative study of how early childhood educational policies and initiatives in three countries—China, India, and the United States—have been utilized as both direct and indirect strategies for responding to fierce global economic competition. Human capital theory and cultural ecology theory serve as the conceptual framework for discussing how this has played out in each of the three countries. In addition, this book presents a discussion and analysis of how the beliefs, parents’ perspectives, and practices with regard to childrearing and the education of young children have both changed and remained the same in response to forces of globalization.


childhood childhood education China early childhood education education philosophy state

Authors and affiliations

  • Guangyu Tan
    • 1
  • Amita Gupta
    • 2
  • Gay Wilgus
    • 3
  1. 1.College of EducationState University of New York at FredoniaFredoniaUSA
  2. 2.School of EducationThe City College of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.School of EducationThe City College of New YorkNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-60040-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-60041-7
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