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Talking Heresy About ‘Quality’ Early Childhood Education and Care for Children in Poverty

Simpson, D., Loughran, S., Lumsden, E., Mazzocco, P., McDowall Clark, Rory and Christian, W. (2018) Talking Heresy About ‘Quality’ Early Childhood Education and Care for Children in Poverty. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 26 (1). pp. 3-18. ISSN 1759-8273

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This paper considers the socially progressive function of a model of 'quality' early childhood education and care widely prescribed to address child poverty across England and the USA. Ubiquitous, it is imbued with a sense of objectivity, secureness and practicality. We question these foundations. Then using data from practitioners in both countries, we contrast expectations about this model of ECEC as an unmitigated good building resilience to 'break cycles of disadvantage', with the everyday experiences and frustrations of practitioners pursuing it. Their data suggest this model of 'quality' has limitations and some heresy is required about this policy orthodoxy.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: childcare, childhood, disadvantage, early education, sociology and political science, public administration,
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 13:15
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:20

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