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International perspectives on early childhood – comparing assessment

Aim of Module: This module aims to support your understanding of childhood as a social construct. You will explore contrasting outlooks on childhood from a range of international perspectives. The variety of ways in which children live their lives will be considered. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on the meaning of childhood and the ways in which culturally constructed views of children influence policy and practice.

What Lesson Objective will you focus on?
LO2 compare and contrast concepts of childhood, focusing on a range of international perspectives;
In other words, the extent to which the concept of childhood has been compared, contrasted and critiqued from an international perspective;
LO3 analyse the impact competing perspectives have on policy and practice.
In other words, the identification and critical analysis of how a range of competing perspectives have influenced both policy and practice.
Comparing and contrasting concepts of childhood, focusing on a range of international perspectives (approx. 750 words)
Please focus on three countries (England, Australia and The Netherlands).
Please compare and contrast aspects of assessment within these countries in regard to early childhood education and care –
In this section, you are going to compare and contrast concepts of childhood – these are the different ways in which childhood is perceived. If you wish, you can focus on 3 or more specific countries or philosophies to emphasise your points. Or, you can discuss the issues by utilising the literature from various countries and philosophies. If it is helpful you can focus on one aspect of childhood e.g. ‘play ‘or the ‘role of the adult’ or ‘Assessment’ or ‘parenting’ or…to help you to construct your debate.
be comparing aspects of ‘Assessment’ in a range of international contexts then you would go to the literature sources that discuss assessment practices and then you would compare and contrast how constructions of childhood have influenced competing international perspectives on assessment.
Highlight similarities and differences of how the countries use assessment in Early childhood education and care – England, Australia and the Netherlands