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Discover Research on Home Learning Cultures

from European Early Childhood Education Research Association and Journal

Parents’ play beliefs and engagement in young children’s play at home and ‘She thinks her toys don’t understand Romanian’: family engagement with children’s learning during the transition to school originally published as book chapters in Working with Parents and Families in Early Childhood Education.

Editorial by Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram

In November last year, the UK Government working with the Literacy Trust and other interested organisations produced a policy document entitled Improving the Home Learning Environment (HLE). It set out an evidence base underpinning HLE. In addition, with an online ‘behaviour change model’ called Hungry Little Minds, they claimed this joint project would ‘bring together the latest evidence and draw on the experience of what works on the ground’.

The stated ambition was ‘to halve the proportion of children who do not achieve at least expected levels across all goals in the ‘communication and language’ and ‘literacy’ areas of learning at the end of reception year by 2028 ’. Internationally, research evidence does indeed demonstrate the significance of HLE to early language development and early literacy skills, but this year’s BECERA conference seeks to explore more fully what ‘HLE’ might mean to our early childhood community.

This curated collection of EECERA papers and book chapters provides a taste of the growing canon of research and development which explores home learning cultures. They also illustrate how practice and policy might be developed to more effectively support and promote the value of family and community based learning in young children’s lives.

Articles and book chapters are free exclusively via this page until December 2020. Please bookmark this page for return access. 

The European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) is the publication of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), an international organisation dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research in Early Childhood Education throughout Europe and beyond.

EECERJ aims to provide a forum for the publication of original research in early childhood education in Europe. With this as its principal focus, it should be emphasised that its definition of education embraces care and that its approach is multidisciplinary, embracing all related fields including psychology, sociology, child health and social work.



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Book Chapter Author Book Year
Challenges in implementing a home visiting model for early childhood development in South Africa Malibongwe Gwele and Hasina Banu Ebrahim Early Childhood Care and Education at the Margins: African Perspectives on Birth to Three 2018
The interaction between parents with their preschool children during leisure time: Key features Vladimir Sobkin, Ksenia Skobeltsina and Nico van Oudenhoven Vygotsky’s Theory in Early Childhood Education and Research: Russian and Western Values 2018
Children, Families and Technologies Christine Stephen and Susan Edwards Young Children Playing and Learning in a Digital Age: A Cultural and Critical Perspective 2017

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