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Early Childhood Education - Innovative Pedagogical Approaches in the Post-modern Era

Maria Ampartzaki

University of Crete

Dr. Maria Ampartzaki is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Crete. Her research interests include ICT in education, science education in the early years, inquiry-based and art-based learning, teachers’ professional development, action research, and the Pedagogy of Multiliteracies, among others. She has run and participated in several funded and non-funded projects on the teaching of Science, Social Sciences, and ICT in education.

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Michail Kalogiannakis

University of Crete

Michail Kalogiannakis is an Associate Professor of the Department of Preschool Education, University of Crete in Greece. He graduated from the Physics Department of the University of Crete and continued his post-graduate studies at the University Paris-7 and University Paris-5 and received his Ph.D. degree at the University Paris 5. His research interests include science education in early childhood, science teaching and learning, e-learning, the use of ICT in science education, and games simulations.

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Early Childhood Education Preschool STEAM Environmental Sustainability Social Sciences Social Sustainability ICT Digital Devices Education for Equity Gender Issues Post-modern Epistemology Social Constructivism

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The importance of education and care in the early stages of life has long been debated and documented. However, in a world that faces ongoing crises and challenges, early childhood education is in a constant quest for pedagogies that respond to acute problems such as:

a. Environmental crises which result in food & water shortages
b. The growth of digital environments which can educate and empower as well as exploit and destroy (mobile learning, STEM education, tablets, etc.).
c. Social, racial, class, and gender-based discriminations that restrict the developmental potential and the prosperity perspectives
d. Health hazards and illnesses such as the laters COVID-19 pandemic.
e. Armed conflicts with casualties and displacements of populations seeking refuge
f. Lack of physical spaces that will support and nourish development and learning, etc.

Education in the post-modern era strives to address the above issues and develop policies, curricula, methodologies, and strategies to contribute to an environmentally and socially sustainable future. It embraces multiple perspectives and worldviews and seeks to touch on inequalities and discriminations in favor of equity. In this direction, children’s s agency lies at the heart of democratic approaches. Educational processes adopt forms of interactions that actualize learning as “becoming” and place it in a continuum between past, present, and future. This book intends to feature innovative approaches that employ transformative elements (targets, methods, materials, ideas, etc.) and embrace the concept of child development as “becoming” in an ever-changing and challenging world.

We invite authors to contribute original research or research review papers that present innovative approaches addressing personal and social transformation. All aspects of early childhood education will be considered, including research methodology for the early years.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: November 16th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: December 14th 2021

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: February 12th 2022

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: May 3rd 2022

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

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Expected publication date: July 2nd 2022

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About the editor

Maria Ampartzaki

University of Crete

Dr Maria Ampartzaki is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Crete. Her research interests include ICT in education, science education in the early years, inquiry-based and art-based learning, teachers’ professional development, action research, and the Pedagogy of Multiliteracies, among others. She has run and participated in several funded and non-funded projects on the teaching of Science, Social Sciences, and ICT in education. She also has the experience of participating in five Erasmus+ projects.

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