The Yew Chung Approach to Early Childhood Education: Centering Emergent Curriculum, Child-Led Inquiry, and Multilingualism

Stephanie C. Sanders-Smith, Sylvia Ya Hsuan Yang, Kutasha Bryan-Silva

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Abstract

This volume details the Yew Chung Approach and the Twelve Values that exemplify the approach as a unique contribution to the field of early childhood education.

The Yew Chung Education Foundation (YCEF) in Hong Kong is a nonprofit organization and a high-quality early childhood program that promotes a global lens and multilingualism through an emergent curriculum. This book explores the Twelve Values that exemplify the approach, including relationships, the emergent curriculum, inquiry-based pedagogy, and the multilingual and multicultural approach. Grounding these values in daily classroom practice and the broader sociocultural context of Hong Kong, it shows how the Yew Chung Approach effectively supports additional language learning through a progressive emergent curriculum with a high degree of child agency. It also explores the unique history of Hong Kong as an incubator and setting for the Yew Chung Approach and considers the relationships between the colonial history of the city, Hong Kong’s current status as a global city, and the mission of Yew Chung to provide children with a global lens.

An important study which exemplifies and investigates a unique program and perspective within the field, this book will benefit scholarly and practitioner audiences within the global early childhood community, as well as appealing to academics, researchers and postgraduates working within early childhood education, comparative education, and bilingual education.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages164
ISBN (Electronic)9781003302926
ISBN (Print)9781032299594, 9781032299587
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 30 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Early Childhood Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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