Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
318 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381244
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Composed of original 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 and care. 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 and care.


  • includes guiding questions at the beginning of each chapter that support reader engagement
  • uniquely provides a broad overview of key approaches and issues in early childhood education and care
  • contextualizes historical and contemporary themes

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Table of Contents

Early Years Education and Care in Canada

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Photos, and Tables

Preface: Drawing Together Common Threads in the History and Philosophy of the Early Year
Susan Jagger

Chapter 1: Awāsisīwiwin: Early Childhood Education and Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Angelina Weenie

Chapter 2: Spirituality of Play
Patrick J. Lewis

Chapter 3: A Diffractive Analysis of Early Childhood Education in Canada through Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Émile
Margaret MacDonald

Chapter 4: The Right to Education and the Child
Peter Pericles Trifonas

Chapter 5: Holistic Education: Teaching and Learning, Planning and Reflecting with the Whole Child in Mind
Lovisa Fung

Chapter 6: Experiencing Education in the Early Years
Susan Jagger

Chapter 7: The Great Debate Applied to Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP): Moving Beyond Dichotomies in the Early Years
Kristy Timmons

Chapter 8: Children’s Rights: Raising Awareness Amongst Professionals Working with and for Children
Aurelia Di Santo and Bethany Robichaud

Chapter 9: Children in Society—Thinking Sociologically About Children and Childhood in a Canadian Context
Noah Kenneally

Chapter 10: Thinking and Doing Otherwise: Reconceptualist Contributions to Early Childhood Education and Care
Rachel Berman and Zuhra Abawi

Chapter 11: Reconfiguring Early Childhood Education: Common Worlding Pedagogies
Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Randa Khattar, and Meagan Montpetit

Chapter 12: Empathy and Rubber Sushi Are Not Enough: How Disability Can Help Us Get to Social Justice
Kathryn Underwood

Chapter 13: Nurturing the Seeds of Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care in Canada
Jessica Ball

Chapter 14: There Are Relationships Beyond the Classroom: A Nature Kindergarten
Enid Elliot

Chapter 15: Young Children Using Digital Technology: The Case of Belle
Laura Teichert

Contributor Biographies

Susan Jagger

Susan Jagger is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the School of Early Childhood Studies. She was the recipient of the Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award. Her research interests include environmental education, participatory research methods, and critical theory and poststructuralism.

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