Welcome to Home: An Introduction

Andrew Gibbons, Mara Sapon-Shevin, Sonya Gaches, Mathias Urban, Colette Murray, Marek Tesar, Sonja Arndt

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The idea of home is a predominant concept and experience in the development of contemporary early childhood care and education philosophies and approaches. That predominance is evident in curriculum strategies and approaches, materials and resources, activities and lessons and interactions, and in the architecture and design of the physical spaces of an early childhood centre. Home is both the explicit attention to learning about home, and the tacit experiences of home that make up the environment. Different perspectives and applications of home highlight the complexity of home, and the benefits of reconceptualizing home in its meaning and practice. This chapter provides an overview for the study of home in early childhood scholarship, describing trends, traditions and problems for reconceptualist work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCritical Cultural Studies of Childhood
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameCritical Cultural Studies of Childhood
VolumePart F2198
ISSN (Print)2731-636X
ISSN (Electronic)2731-6378

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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