Early Childhood Education in Three Cultures

China, Japan and the United States

  • Liyan HUO
  • Susan B. NEUMAN
  • Atsushi NANAKIDA

Part of the New Frontiers of Educational Research book series (NFER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Being, Belonging and Becoming: Child Image and Curriculum Reforms

  3. Childcare Policies in Changing Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Akiko Kimata, Yoshihide Kaneko
      Pages 61-81
  4. Best Practices for Early Childhood Teacher Professional Development

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 143-144

About this book


This book, written by an international team of experienced researchers, investigates unique and dynamic approaches to key issues in policy transformation, curriculum reforms and teacher training in three cultures – China, Japan and the United States – in a globalized world. By examining their respective policy choices and evidence-based practices, the authors show how best to provide for young children based on their needs and interests, and the three countries’ strategies for doing so. This book provides the latest information on the rapid developments already underway and further changes to be expected in these diverse cultures.


Child Development Comparative Education Culture Curriculum Reforms Early Childhood Education Globalization Localization National Development Policy Professional Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Liyan HUO
    • 1
  • Susan B. NEUMAN
    • 2
  • Atsushi NANAKIDA
    • 3
  1. 1.Beijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of Education Early Childhood EducationHiroshima UniversityHigashi-HiroshimJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-44985-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-44986-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-3473
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-349X
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