Articles & Chapters

A qualitative examination of early childhood educators’ participation in professional learning

Investigating social constructionist understandings of quality

Posted On: Jul 15, 2022

This article (1) describes a model of professional learning trialed in western Canada that supports educators to engage with social constructionist scholarship on quality and (2) reports on the educators’ and pedagogical facilitators’ experiences with this model. Using a qualitative methodology, the article analyzes data from interviews, focus groups, and open-ended questionnaires completed by educators and pedagogical facilitators. The findings of this study have implications not only for the professional learning of early childhood educators but also for early education systems in Canada and abroad.

Too Academic? Too Hard to Pronounce? The Un/familiar Language of Pedagogy

Posted On: Jun 13, 2022

In working with educators and student educators, authors ECPN Co-Directors Veronica Pacini-Ketchebaw and Kathleen Kummen often hear about struggles with language. Concepts such as pedagogy, colonialism, neoliberalism, and common worlds are terms used in the BC Early Childhood Pedagogy Network (ECPN) that are often met with hesitation. They are words that do not feel “natural” to many educators, yet we see them as vital to the project of early education. In this article, we want to open a conversation by arguing that reading difficult texts is worth the struggle.