Joseph Tobin on Early Childhood Education

Date / Time: 8 July 2015

J Tobin speakingProfessor Joseph Tobin from the University of Georgia spoke to educational researchers at the University of Waikato on "How an Anthropologist thinks about Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care". He spoke about his research interests including cross-cultural studies of early childhood education with a particular reference to video-based research and used examples from his ethnographic work on early childhood education and care settings in Japan, China and the United States. Of interest was his use of video based research as a means of provocation as well as data analysis.

Professor Tobin demonstrated that quality standards are cultural constructs and he questioned the universality of these core standards of quality such as low student-teacher ratios, supporting children's self-esteem and the value of teachers mediating children's fights.

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