Composed of original Indigenous and Canadian content,this ground-breaking textbook features multiple voices from the field that, together, offer an extensive and balanced examination of the historical and philosophical influences of early childhood education. Broad in scope, this collection presents the various topics and approaches in the field before examining each in detail. Specific subjects include Indigenous ways of knowing, holistic education, and the influence of educational philosophers and theorists such as Rousseau and Dewey. The text also discusses contemporary issues such as children’s rights, diversity and inclusion, multimodality, technology, ecology, and Indigenous education in the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Featuring essays that examine the field’s history and future, as well as chapter questions that inspire critical analysis, this unique textbook is a fundamental resource for all students, academics, practitioners, and policymakers in education and early childhood education.
Susan Jagger is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the School of Early Childhood Studies.