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Journal of Research in Childhood Education Call for Papers: Special Issue

Many of the popular theories, perspectives, and practices regarding human development that currently guide early childhood education programs are inadequate, because they situate human development as a universal phenomenon. Although nature has universal effects, differences in nurture, particularly cultural differences, affect human development in diverse ways (Woodhead, 1998, 2006). Therefore, researchers (e.g., Ashcroft, Griffiths, & Tiffin, 2000; Diang, 2013; Madrid, Baldwin, & Belbase, 2016) caution against overreliance on theories and perspectives that fail to consider the value of culture in human development, because they are likely to advance ideologies in support of neo-colonialism, ethnocentrism, and cultural domination. Instead, scholars need to develop and use culturally inclusive theories, perspectives, and practices on child development.

Madrid Akpovo, Nganga, and Acharya (2018) promote the use of Contextually Appropriate Practices (CAP), developed in collaboration with local cultures and communities, in order to make education for young children meaningful and relevant. Similarly, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) recommends perspectives on human development that consider the effects of heritage cultures on child development, with an emphasis on children’s global rights (Woodhead, 2006). Support for the use of culturally inclusive perspectives and practices is gaining momentum around the world (Chen & Miike, 2006; Madrid Akpovo, 2017; Nganga, 2015; Yep, 2014) and pedagogical practices that respect current trends in globalization are also critical (Nganga & Kambutu, 2015; Nganga, Kambutu, & Russell, 2013). Li and Chen describe the benefits of a 3CAPs approach:
• CAP1 - Culturally Appropriate Practice. At this level, any reforms in early childhood curriculum are made with sensitivity to the child’s environment and are not overly dependent on Euro-Western values of best practices.
• CAP2 - Contextually Appropriate Practice. At this level, regional differences are considered while all practices in use are based on local contexts.
• CAP3 - Child Appropriate Practice. At this level, children’s experiences are considered, such as family histories and experiences with immediate environments, including schools.

Call for Manuscripts
This special issue, therefore, calls for scholarly manuscripts that interrogate content, instructional strategies, and experiences that support or are informed by Contextually Appropriate Practice (3CAPS) or culturally inclusive pedagogies in early childhood programs. We are seeking research-based manuscripts regarding practices that factor the effects of heritage cultures on child development in the context of children’s global rights and globalization. In addition, we are seeking manuscripts that discuss how to prepare in-service and pre-service teachers with the mind-set and skill-set to develop and use culturally inclusive practices and frameworks for child development programs. Innovations within teacher preparation programs as well as other possible ways to educate teachers about using culturally inclusive educational frameworks would add value to this special issue. Thus, acceptable manuscripts must provide either multiple pedagogies, perspectives, methodologies, and/or practices relative to developing culturally/globally inclusive perspectives and practices in early childhood programs. Equally encouraged are manuscripts that interrogate neo-colonialism, ethnocentrism, and Euro-Western assumptions in the contexts of preparing educators for young learners.

Acceptable manuscripts should address empirical research, theoretical debates, and/or literature review using critical perspectives on culturally inclusive and contextually appropriate practices in early childhood education programs. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts should not exceed 9000 words, including all tables, appendixes, notes, and references.

Complete manuscripts are due by January 15, 2019.

For author submission guidelines, go to http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ujrc20&page=instructions


• Submit papers for peer reviews - January 15, 2019
• Peer-review decisions - April 1, 2019
• Revisions/edits of accepted papers- July 1, 2019
• Accept Papers -Oct 1, 2019
• Publication - January 2020 (Vol 34, #1)


Dates: 11/7/2018 - 1/30/2019

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