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Space considerations: materials in the learning environment in three majority world preschool settings

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This paper draws on the comparative and qualitative data from a triple case study carried out in three semi-rural early childhood education centres in Canada, India, and South Africa. The primary objective of this four year study was to provide in-depth understanding of the ways in which policy, practice, and culture intersect in semi-rural contexts. This article focuses on the organisation and use of materials in the preschool space as a means to examine the interplay between indigenous cultural norms as these relate to working with children and trends towards uniformity or globalisation of early childhood practice.

Keywords: comparative education; curriculum; international education; pedagogy; preschool

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada 2: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada 3: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Publication date: October 1, 2008

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