Effective Early Education: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Effective Early Education: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Effective Early Education: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Effective Early Education: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Synopsis

In examining child development and early educational intervention strategies from cross cultural perspectives, this work brings together several recent theoretical insights, the results of empirical research, and experiences with well-evaluated early educational intervention programs. Its purpose is to constructively examine current international strategies of early education and literacy for disadvantaged children.

Excerpt

This series of scholarly texts, monographs, and reference works is designed to illuminate and expand our understanding of education. The educational activity each volume examines may be formal or informal. It may function in an exotic and distant culture or right here in our own backyard. In each book, education is at once a reflection and a creator of culture.

One of the most important motifs sounding through the series is the authors’ efforts to shed light on educational systems from the insider’s viewpoint. The various works are typically grounded in a phenomenological conceptual framework. However, they will vary in their manifestation of this common bond. Some authors explicitly adopt anthropological methods and a cultural interpretation of events and circumstances observed in the field. Others adopt a more generic qualitative approach—mixing methods and methodologies. A few adhere to a traditional phenomenological philosophical orientation.

These books are windows into other lives and other cultures. As we view another culture, we see ourselves more clearly. As we view ourselves, we make the familiar strange and see our own distorted images all the more clearly. We hope this immersion and self-reflection will enhance compassion and understanding at home and abroad. An expression of a common human spirit, this series celebrates our diversity.

David M. Fetterman

Stanford University and
Sierra Nevada College

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