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Social and Historical Foundations of Early Childhood Education

Current educational thought, policy, and practice in early childhood education are examined in the context of their historical roots. Students will explore how social, cultural, economic, and political forces have influenced the lives of teachers and children. We will investigate the history of education in the United States, critically analyze debates about educational inclusion and equity, and consider possibilities for early childhood educators to contest structural inequality and promote social justice in teaching, learning, and their everyday work with children, families, and colleagues.