Associate Professor Will Parnell publishes book on school readiness

Parnell_pubThe world is changing rapidly, both outside and inside the classroom. Early childhood educators have new challenges every day that provide opportunities to rethink and reimagine approaches to conventional early childhood instruction. In a new volume, co-edited by professors Will Parnell (Curriculum and Instruction) and Jeanne Marie Iorio, a total of 27 early childhood experts from across the United States, Canada, and Australia (as well as Parnell and Iorio) offer insight and innovative practices for working with the youngest students. The book, Rethinking Readiness in Early Childhood Education: Implications for Policy and Practice, is part of Bloch and Swadener’s Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood series.

“The current early childhood readiness discourse positions the child and family as deficit,” said Parnell. “Focused on rethinking readiness, our text opens doors to seeing what is possible when the experiences of children and families from across the world are honored and central to policy and educational decision making.”

About the book:

Rethinking Readiness in Early Childhood Education: Implications for Policy and Practice seeks to reimagine the current educational worlds and standards for young children. Iorio and Parnell challenge traditional conceptions of readiness in early childhood education by sharing concrete examples of practice, policy, and histories that rethink readiness and its various social, cultural, political, and economic constructions. Offering alternatives to the narrowing early childhood curriculum and creating space for debate, the editors and contributors ask the reader to take an active role in shaping children’s education through responsive and responsible policies and practices that place the children, families, educators, and voices of the school community first.

PSU Associate Professor Will Parnell is an Early Childhood Education faculty member and pedagogical liaison to the Helen Gordon Child Development Center. Jeanne Marie Iorio has taught at University of Hawai’i–West Oahu since 2007. She is currently a senior lecturer in early childhood education at Victoria University, Australia.


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