In the Pursuit of Unhappiness: The 'measuring up' of early childhood education in a seamless system

Educational Philosophy and Theory 45 (5):502-508 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Recent government attention to the coherence between early childhood and compulsory school curricula in Aotearoa/new Zealand has led to debates regarding the educational aims of different education sectors Concerns regarding a ‘push-down’ of compulsory school aims are highlighted in this article, with reference to Nel Noddings’s Happiness and Education and the problem of an increased ‘measuring’ of early childhood education aims and outcomes. It is argued that removal of seams between early childhood and primary education may lead to unhappiness in early childhood education characterised by increasing standardisation and regulation and decreasing engagement with the aims of education—with, in Noddings’s words, ‘aims-talk’.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,069

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Narrative Identity and Early Childhood Education.Sandy Farquhar - 2012 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 44 (3):289-301.
The imagination of early childhood education.Harry Morgan - 1999 - Westport, Conn.: Bergin & Garvey.
Beyond quality in early childhood education and care: postmodern perspectives.Gunilla Dahlberg - 1998 - Philadelphia, PA: Falmer Press. Edited by Peter Moss & Alan R. Pence.
Overflowing Every Idea of Age, Very Young Children as Educators.Nina Johannesen - 2013 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 32 (3):285-296.
Ethics and the early childhood educator: using the NAEYC code.Stephanie Feeney - 2005 - Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children. Edited by Nancy K. Freeman.
Beyond Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care: Languages of Evaluation.Gunilla Dahlberg - 1999 - Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Edited by Peter Moss & Alan R. Pence.
An introduction to Nigeria's philosophy of early childhood education.Samson Oladiran Davis - 1998 - Aboekuta, Nigeria: Goal Educational. Edited by Abayomi Adejobi.
Analyses of contemporary education.Allan C. Ornstein - 1973 - New York,: Crowell. Edited by W. Eugene Hedley.
On Reflection: Reflective Practice for Early Childhood Educators.Angela O'Connor - 2002 - Open Mind Publishing. Edited by Cathy Diggins.


Added to PP

69 (#218,536)

6 months
2 (#725,330)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Happiness and Education.Nel Noddings - 2003 - Cambridge University Press.

Add more references