Title

Early Childhood Classroom Processes

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

This Volume is the culminating project of 10 years of collaborative study in a preschool classroom, where each year, 3- and 4-year olds and their teachers meet daily to construct a life together in an early childhood program. In the chapters, each author presents a discussion of his or her early childhood education topic of interest. In each chapter the uniqueness of a sociocultural/ethnographic perspective and the field of a data analysis is highlighted through a comparison with a traditional early childhood literature on that topic. Certain salient and pervasive "cultural themes" emerged across analyses: peer culture and school culture, social construction, and educational possibilities. These analyses extend our understanding of a single classroom to broader implications for theory and practice.