Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Bildung: Potential and Promise in Early Childhood Education

  • E. E. Ødegaard
  • E. J. White
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_57-1

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Introduction

Today increasingly pluralistic and heterogonous societies, as well as a growing awareness of children as inheritors of the earth, challenge the understanding of which pedagogical and curricular frameworks in early childhood education best meet children's interests. Experiences in the ‘here-and-now’ and those that are anticipated for future generations stimulate the need for new (and perhaps a return to ‘old’) negotiations about the content and purpose of education. As our title suggests, the German concept of bildung holds great potential for early childhood education today when contemplated as a serious part of these negotiations. Indeed, bildung (and its various associated contemporary cultural meanings across Nordic and Australasian ECE communities) promises to resurrect attention towards the ‘good life’ for young learners in curriculum.

This entry will first summon notions of bildung from its European Greek and German origins...

Keywords

Early Childhood Education Democratic Citizen Educational Discourse Contemporary Education Australian Government Department 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bergen University CollegeBergenNorway
  2. 2.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand