Part I Articles
Researching Early Childhood Policy and Practice. A Critical Ecology
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
European Journal of Education
Special Issue: Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe: re-thinking, re-searching and re-conceptualising policies and practices
Volume 47, Issue 4, pages 494–507, December 2012
How to Cite
Urban, M. (2012), Researching Early Childhood Policy and Practice. A Critical Ecology. European Journal of Education, 47: 494–507. doi: 10.1111/ejed.12012
- Issue published online: 16 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012
- early childhood education and care;
- critical ecology
This article examines the renewed interest in early childhood education and care in European politics, and the implications for research in changing policy contexts. Based on the policy analysis, it argues for a radical reconceptualisation of how, with and for whom, and to what end we design, conduct and interpret research in early childhood in present-day Europe. The article argues that the role of research in these contexts is much more than that of a provider of data and information that underpin evidence-based policies. Instead, as part of a critical ecology of research, practice and policy, it is an inherently political practice.