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The First 1000 Days of Early Childhood



Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. E. Jayne White, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard, Niina Rutanen, Jennifer Sumsion, Carl Mika, Mikhail Gradovski
    Pages 1-16
  3. E. Jayne White, Carl Mika
    Pages 17-31
  4. Niina Rutanen, Maritta Hännikäinen
    Pages 93-108
  5. Mikhail Gradovski
    Pages 109-121
  6. E. Jayne White, Niina Rutanen, Jennifer Sumsion, Carl Mika, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard, Mikhail Gradovski
    Pages 123-133
  7. Mikhail Gradovski, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard, Niina Rutanen, Jennifer Sumsion, Carl Mika, E. Jayne White
    Pages C1-C1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-148

About this book


This book provides a philosophical, socio-political and theoretical understanding of the notion of Becoming in the context of the related concepts, and in contemplation of the notion of Being. Deriving from different traditions from various countries, these concepts act as windows on contemporary early years settings and communities around the world where adults map out infant becomings. This book is a valuable resource for early childhood educators, students, professionals, researchers, and policy makers around the globe who seek to understand the locatedness of infant becomings in space and time.


Belonging in early childhood Bildung in early childhood early childhood curriculum Early years Infant education Obrazvanie Danning

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of StavangerStavangerNorway
  2. 2.Western Norway University of Applied SciencesBergenNorway
  3. 3.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  4. 4.Charles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  5. 5.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  6. 6.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Dr. Mikhail Gradovski is an Associate Professor of Social Education at the University of Stavanger, Norway, where he educates child welfare protection officers. His research focuses on the areas of doctoral supervision, educational philosophy, social education, and social work. 

Prof. Elin Eriksen Ødegaard is the director of KINDknow Research centre at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her main research interests are early childhood education and teacher education from cultural-historical, dialogical, narrative and anthropological (local and global) approaches.

Niina Rutanen is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at the Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her main research interests focus on zero to three-year-old children in early childhood education from socio-cultural and comparative perspectives, and application of spatial approaches in research on early childhood institutions.

Jennifer Sumsion is Emerita Professor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She has long-standing research interests in early childhood education policy and practice and has published widely in these areas.
Dr. Carl TH Mika is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, NZ. He comes from a background in law, indigenous and Maori studies, and has developed a knowledge base in Western philosophy. His current research interests are in the representation of philosophy as a political act for indigenous peoples, and indigenous philosophical theorising generally.

Professor E, Jayne White has a long-standing interest in education, particularly early years pedagogy, spanning over thirty years as a teacher and researcher in Aotearoa NZ. As Associate Dean for Early Childhood Education at RMIT University in Australia, Jayne's work continues to focus on the complex processes and practices of meaning-making. At the heart of her practice lies a strong emphasis on dialogic pedagogy, and the ways in which teachers can best engage within complex learning relationships with infant learners.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The First 1000 Days of Early Childhood
  • Book Subtitle Becoming
  • Authors Mikhail Gradovski
    Elin Eriksen Ødegaard
    Niina Rutanen
    Jennifer Sumsion
    Carl Mika
    E. Jayne White
  • Series Title Policy and Pedagogy with Under-three Year Olds: Cross-disciplinary Insights and Innovations
  • Series Abbreviated Title Policy and Pedagogy with Under-three Year Olds: Cross-disciplinary Insights and Innovations
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-32-9655-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-32-9658-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-32-9656-5
  • Series ISSN 2509-6680
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-6699
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 148
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Infancy and Early Childhood Development
    Educational Psychology
    Developmental Psychology
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