Book Reviews

Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education & Care Postmodern Perspectives by Gunilla Dahlberg, Peter Moss & Alan Pence

Reviewed by Dr S Alexander
This review was first published in the NZJES journal, 34(2), 1999,  pp. 368 – 369.

 

Beyond Quality  challenges the discourse of early childhood education and over two decades of a substantial amount of research on the measurement of programme quality.

The authors’ interests in early childhood education differ and they live in different countries – Sweden (Dahlberg), England (Moss) and Canada (Pence) – but the book represents a coming together of international researchers who have a shared unease with the way quality is currently defined as universal and measurable indicators related to outcomes in children’s development.

The arguments presented from philosophical and pedagogical perspectives are seductive, and the book could well provide a turning point in the thinking of many researchers, academics and policy-makers on what quality means in early childhood education and how quality can be achieved (if it can ever be fully realised in practice).

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