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Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy$
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Pia Rebello Britto, Patrice L. Engle, and Charles M. Super

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199922994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199922994.001.0001

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Voices Less Heard

Voices Less Heard

the importance of critical and “indigenous” perspectives

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Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Alan Pence

Oxford University Press

The last two decades have witnessed unparalleled international interest regarding the development of policies and programs for young children. This chapter places the contemporary discourse into the historical and sociophilosophical contexts that have shaped it. Although the current discourse is impressive, the relative absence of literatures led from the majority (developing) world, and those that utilize critical lenses, restrict the generalizability of the findings. To develop a literature that is more relevant and useful for populations globally, other voices and perspectives must be supported and heard. After introducing examples of such other perspectives that can help broaden and deepen the literature, the chapter identifies policies, programs, research, and training approaches that have opened up to diverse perspectives and promoted local participation and decision making. Such means of opening to other views and becoming more truly global in nature are considered critically important for the future of ECD in international development.

Keywords:   early childhood education, care, and development, international development and ecd, capacity building, globalization and local knowledge, critical perspectives, indigenous perspectives, historical, conceptual, and structural challenges, generative approaches

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