Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Children and Childhoods, Methodologies of

  • Mirka Koro-Ljungberg
  • Adam Clark
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_269



Early childhood education methodologies have gone through philosophical upheaval and various ontological and research design related changes during the last decades. First epistemological and later ontological shifts have brought into attention childhoods as epistemologically instable structures, always already suspect for questioning and fertile ground for deconstruction often highlighting subject as decentered and children as connections within more than human assemblages and fields of relations. These shifts have altered the ways in which early childhood education is being theorized, studied, and researched.

Early childhood education, similar to many other fields, has gone through philosophical upheaval and various ontological and methodological changes. For example, the authors of Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Care and Educationdescribed how the dominant positivist theoretical perspective common in the USA and other...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA