Early years education: Movements in the field

Elizabeth Mary JONES

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This part introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters. The part argues that the government has given attention to early years education as a significant factor in education process. It describes how Singapore's negotiations with educational, social and economic changes chime with a narrative that is being played out globally. The part presents dominate policy debate and media. The young creative child is conceptualized as intellectual capital primed to contribute to economic growth and job creation, and it is this construction that underpins much of early childhood curriculum thinking both in the West and in the East. The part explores a different conflict brought about by inequalities of wealth and opportunity in the Hong Kong early years setting. It argues that the creative child is a focus in Korean educational thinking. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia
EditorsKerry J. KENNEDY, John Chi-Kin LEE
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Electronic)9781315694382
ISBN (Print)9781138908499
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Jones, L. (2018). Early years education: Movements in the field. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 435-440). New York: Routledge.


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