Intersections: Feminisms/Early Childhoods presents a continuing dialogue among early childhood educators who name themselves as feminists. Essays by individual contributors are woven together by the coeditors as they interrogate the relationship of feminist theory to early childhood practice. In considering the identity of feminist early childhood educators, the first section of this book reconsiders historical events in early childhood education from a feminist perspective, in many cases renaming the issues and reclaiming the history. The second section of the book reflects on early childhood practice and feminist pedagogy through the narratives of practicing early childhood professionals working in day care, public school, and university settings. The final section of the book examines significant issues facing early childhood from a feminist perspective, including the roles and representations of women and children, the analysis of ecomic and cross-cultural realities of child care and the consideration of public policy.
The Contributors: Chelsea Bailey, Lisa Goldstein, Mary Hauser, Janice Jipson, Miha Kim, Tina Lozano, Nancy Meltzoff, Petra Munro, Peggy Trumble, Elba Marrero, Shirley Kessler, Debbie LaCroix, Carolyn Ames, Shu Ling Chen, Alden Schmid, Karen Anijar, Marianne Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener, Linda Jagielo. The Editors: Mary E. Hauser is Associate Professor of Education at Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Early Childhood from the University of California-Santa Barbara. She has contributed to several educational journals and published severalbook chapters on research in early childhood education. Janice A. Jipson is Professor of Education at National-Louis University. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the coauthor of Daredevil Reserch: Re-creating Analytic Practice (Peter Lang, 1997) and Repositioning Feminism and Education: Perspectives on Educating for Social Change and has published widely in professional journals and books.