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Early Childhood Education

  1. Hillel Goelman

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy2004

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Goelman, H. 2010. Early Childhood Education. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–4.

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  1. University of British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The field of early childhood education (ECE) is dynamic and fluid and reflects trends and ideas in education more broadly. Traditional issues in ECE such as curriculum and teacher training are increasingly influenced by current research, interdisciplinary and international perspectives, postmodernism, and multicultural and other diversity perspectives. Whereas ECE has traditionally referred to formal programs for three- to five-year-old children, current definitions now include a wider range of formal and informal settings for children from birth to age eight offered through a wide range of sponsoring auspices.


  • child care;
  • curriculum;
  • developmental outcomes;
  • early childhood education;
  • early intervention