Interactions in Early Childhood Education

Recent Research and Emergent Concepts

  • Alexandra C. Gunn
  • Claudia A. Hruska

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Claudia A. Hruska, Alexandra C. Gunn
    Pages 1-6
  3. Amanda Bateman, Margaret Carr, Alexandra C. Gunn
    Pages 37-53
  4. E. Jayne White, Bridgette Redder
    Pages 81-98
  5. Claudia Wirts, Monika Wertfein, Andreas Wildgruber
    Pages 145-160

About this book


This book provides new insights into how interactions in early childhood education are being studied, and into what these studies’ findings mean for improving the quality of early childhood education.  The editors examine the methods, ethics, practices, and questions arising from such close work with children, families and educators, and have brought together a collection that highlights interactions research and practical implications for early childhood education and research, with the ultimate aim of shaping quality practices.

Starting with an overview of interaction research and its pedagogical value in early childhood education the book subsequently introduces new interaction studies in early childhood from Europe and Australasia.  Drawing from a range of perspectives and using different conceptual and methodological tools the contributors use their interactions research to comment collectively on process quality in early childhood education, and its relationship to the phenomenon of pedagogical interactions. The work as a whole bridges the gap between practice and research by addressing quality interactions for early learning (for practitioners) and providing researchers valuable information on methods for studying interactions within the everyday contexts of early childhood education.


Interactional Research Educational interaction Conversational analysis Early Years education Early Years Research Research Methods in Education teacher-child-interactions early childhood settings New Zealand early childhood education Japanese early childhood education micro-sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexandra C. Gunn
    • 1
  • Claudia A. Hruska
    • 2
  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.Faculty of Education/LFEUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-4878-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-4879-1
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