Open Discussion Forum

1.  International Perspectives

Posted 09-12-2017 11:33 AM
I have recently returned from Bologna, Italy where I attended the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) conference. I have been attending this conference for many years and find that I am always energized and buzzing when I get back. There are always thought provoking keynotes and sessions and many of these offer innovative ways of thinking about the field of ECED. There are YouTube videos of the keynote addresses. Over the years, I have developed some strong collaborative relationships with many European colleagues. If anyone is curious about the conference or EECERA, I would be happy to tell you more.

Nancy Barbour
Harrisonburg VA

2.  RE: International Perspectives

Posted 09-13-2017 06:41 AM

I am very curious about this conference and would love to know who the keynote speakers were this year.

Thank you,

Aisia Casanova
Early Learning Centre Coordinator
Luanda International School
Luanda, Angola

3.  RE: International Perspectives

Posted 09-15-2017 10:32 AM
The keynotes this past year were Michel Vandenbroeck (Belgium), Sue Grieshaber (Australia), Susannna Mantovani (Italy), Joana de Sousa (Portugal), and Paulo Fochi (Brazil).

Nancy Barbour
Harrisonburg VA

4.  RE: International Perspectives

Posted 09-13-2017 11:17 AM
Please provide more information about the EECRA conference and organization.



Dr. Nora Krieger
Associate Professor Emerita
Early Childhood Education
Bloomfield College
467 Franklin Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Chair, NJEEPRE (New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia)

5.  RE: International Perspectives

Posted 09-13-2017 11:25 AM
For those interested in international/global perspectives on ECD, I also want to direct you to this link for a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).  This free, online course is titled "The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development."  It comes out of NYU's Global TIES center and was created by terrific people--Hiro Yoshikawa among them.  It starts Sept. 25.  Here is a link for info and enrollment:

And a pitch:  the forthcoming Sept. issue of Young Children features a cluster of articles on global practices in ECD (I am the guest editor, full disclosure).  Hope the contents connect with many of you and your work, whether in the US or beyond.

Marilou Hyson
Early Childhood Consultant
Stockbridge MA

6.  RE: International Perspectives

Posted 09-13-2017 04:17 PM
Where can I learn more?

I spent 3 months working as a volunteer nature-pedagogy/english emersion consultant at a preschool in Rapallo, Italy, in 2016. The director has now recreated her school to fully encompass the seamless indoor/outdoor classroom, in the forest above the small, coastal city.

There are so many variations of quality early childhood education programs, worldwide, and the more I know about their practices, the better I become as a practitioner.

Mary Russell
Journeys Out Yonder
Boulder CO

7.  RE: International Perspectives

Posted 09-14-2017 09:52 AM
The European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) website offers information about conferences, publications, etc. The website is The next conference is in Budapest next August and the focus is: Early childhood education, families, and communities. Proposals are due sometime at the end of February or early March.

Nancy Barbour
Harrisonburg VA