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Globalization, Transformation, and Cultures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Reconceptualization and Comparison

  • Stefan Faas
  • Dagmar Kasüschke
  • Elena Nitecki
  • Mathias Urban
  • Helge Wasmuth

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Steffen Geiger, Margaretha Müller, Bernhard Schmidt-Hertha, Stefan Faas
    Pages 235-256

About this book


This edited volume provides a critical discussion of globalization and transformation, considering the cultural contexts of early childhood education systems as discourses as well as concrete phenomena and ‘lived experience.’ The book focuses on theoretical explorations and critical discourses at the level of education policy (macro), the level of institutions (meso), and the level of social interactions (micro). The chapters offer a wide range of interpretative, contextualized perspectives on early childhood education as a cultural construct.


Early Childhood Education culturally responsive pedagogy Global Education Reform Movement theory of radical democracy kindergarten early childhood teacher education critical educational research International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Faas
    • 1
  • Dagmar Kasüschke
    • 2
  • Elena Nitecki
    • 3
  • Mathias Urban
    • 4
  • Helge Wasmuth
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Social Pedagogy and Early Childhood EducationUniversity of EducationSchwäbisch GmündGermany
  2. 2.Department of Social Pedagogy and Early Childhood EducationUniversity of EducationSchwäbisch GmündGermany
  3. 3.School of EducationMercy CollegeNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Early Childhood Research CentreDublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  5. 5.School of EducationMercy CollegeNew YorkUSA

About the editors

Stefan Faas is Professor in Social Pedagogy at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. His research is focused on early childhood education, family and parent education, and transformation research as well as internationalization of education and social support.

Dagmar Kasüschke is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Education in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Her research areas are cultural and gender studies, history, pedagogy, and teaching in early childhood education.

Elena Nitecki is Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education at Mercy College, USA. Her scholarly research interests include various topics in early childhood education, teacher preparation, and the impact of the Global Education Reform Movement.

Mathias Urban is Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education and Director of the International Centre for Early Childhood Research at Dublin City University, Ireland. He works on questions of diversity and equality, social justice, evaluation, and professionalism in working with young children, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts.

Helge Wasmuth is Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education at Mercy College, USA. His scholarly research interests include the history of, and postmodern perspectives on, early childhood education, as well as the impact of the Global Education Reform Movement on early childhood education.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Globalization, Transformation, and Cultures in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Book Subtitle Reconceptualization and Comparison
  • Editors Stefan Faas
    Dagmar Kasüschke
    Elena Nitecki
    Mathias Urban
    Helge Wasmuth
  • Series Title Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood
  • Series Abbreviated Title Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-27118-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-27121-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-27119-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 256
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    International and Comparative Education
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“This book considers the challenges and complexities of living in a globalized world dominated by neo-liberal ideals that often crush communities and undervalue their cultural knowledges and heritage. It is timely in its interrogation and reflections about culture, systems, the nature of early childhood services and in its consideration of the multi-faceted contexts that create opportunities for learning in the early years of children’s lives. It is bold in its reconceptualization about possible structures and transformations that are necessary to create equitable and socially just learning ecologies for all children.” (Nicola Yelland, Professor of Early Childhood Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia)

“This impressive collection presents a fascinating exchange of intercultural ideas, practices and strategies. Global ECEC is carefully and ethically explored through various cultures, and through the lenses of local and global, micro and macro. The possibility of transformation is at its heart, and diversity at the forefront of the inquiry. The authors present cautious optimism about the fluidity of cultures in a global world, while striving to uncover and challenge the inequality of global childhoods.” (Marek Tesar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland, New Zealand)

“This book is powerfully generative and opens readers to complexity and richness found globally in childhood. As authors pen their thinking toward the socio-geo-political realm of childhood, they remind readers to enact ‘glocally.’ One take away is how we can do better for the children.” (Will Parnell, Professor in Early Childhood Education, Portland State University, USA, and President-elect of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Education)

“In a world that is being intensely transformed by the strong waves of globalization this kind of cross-cultural comparative work is critical as it allows for more inclusive and balanced perspectives on the lives of young children. This excellent collection of chapters will be of vital interest to all concerned with early childhood education and development across cultural contexts.” (Amita Gupta, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, City University of New York (CUNY), USA)