The Quality Agenda in Early Childhood Education

Questioning Local and Global Policy Perspectives

Authors: Hunkin, Elise

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  • Examines notions of 'quality' in early childhood settings at the micro and macro level
  • Questions how policy reforms and agenda have constructed quality
  • Warns of increased emphasis of 'only quality' settings in early childhood education
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This book investigates notions of ‘quality’ in early childhood settings both in Australia and globally. After experiencing quality reform as an educator, the author turned to research as a means by which to better understand early childhood quality reform and agenda over time. This book questions how early childhood reform policy and agenda have constructed quality - what it is presumed to be and do - over time and the implications of these 'truths'. Taking a Foucauldian governmentality view of the history of Australian early childhood services, the impetus for the quality reform era, the quality reform policy assemblages and the contemporary post-reform era, this book rigorously examines prevailing policy assumptions, ambitions and deployments of quality, and warns of an emerging ambition for ‘only quality’ settings in early childhood. This book will appeal to early childhood students and educators, education policy sociologists and all who are interested in reclaiming early childhood education and care.

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Elise Hunkin is Lecturer at the RMIT School of Education at RMIT University, Australia. She is an experienced educator in kindergarten and early primary school settings. Her research investigates quality reform policy in early childhood education and care.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Perspectives of Quality in Early Childhood Settings

    Pages 1-12

    Hunkin, Elise

  • ‘For the Little Ones, the Best’: Australian Early Childhood Service and Policy Histories

    Pages 13-36

    Hunkin, Elise

  • ‘There Is a Quantum Difference Between the Provision of Age-Appropriate Play-Based Care and an Early Learning and Care Environment’: The Quality Agenda for Australian Early Childhood

    Pages 37-64

    Hunkin, Elise

  • ‘Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Brings a Wide Range of Benefits… But All These Benefits Are Conditional on Quality’: Questioning the Only Quality Reform Agenda

    Pages 65-90

    Hunkin, Elise

  • ‘Wiping Noses and Stopping Children from Killing Each Other’: Contesting an Only Quality Agenda

    Pages 91-107

    Hunkin, Elise

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eBook $44.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Quality Agenda in Early Childhood Education
Book Subtitle
Questioning Local and Global Policy Perspectives
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31627-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31627-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31626-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 125
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
Topics