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Cultures of Early Childhood Education and Care (CECEC) International Research Network

Network Issues

Issues of diversity, along with the powerful social and cultural dynamics of a globalizing world, determine nationwide the prevalent discourses in the educational field. Research projects that explore these aspects in a cultural context and which are composed of international teams are, however, still rather rare. The danger of an ethnocentric and purely national focus resulting is evident. Therefore, we need to take stock of international comparisons concerning different cultural contexts and educational policies and practices – for these can prove extremely useful when reflecting on national and transnational developments in Early Childhood Education. Furthermore, analysing both similarities and differences can contribute much to theory development. Particularly research into educational practices and structures, which can be described as hybrid and dispersed, but also as transnational and transcultural, can greatly facilitate the task of improving regulations and frame-works in early educational fields.

Against this background, the international research network “Cultures of Early Childhood Education and Care” was founded at the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd in summer 2017. The idea is that different universities worldwide shall focus their research activities on cultural comparisons in the context of Early Childhood Education. To accomplish this purpose, the new research network intensified current cooperation (as well as initiated new ones) with a selected group of international university partners, undertaking common research activities with them and learning from each other in the process.


Project Framework

“Transformations and interpretations of transnational concepts in and through local ECEC practices” (TRACES).

The project idea builds on our interest in questions of the transformation of local educational practices in the context of globalization. The central question is which effects transnational developments have on national Educational settings. On the one hand values, agendas, policies etc. are reinterpreted in national discourses and trans.

The aim is to clarify, how transnational concepts are transformed in specific cultural discourses and local educational practices. Our analysis will explore what significance is attached to the respective social-cultural con-text in the framework of implementing and interpreting transnational agendas.

The assumption is that transnational concepts and agendas in national and in particular local contexts are re-shaped in a specific way. If this assumption can be substantiated in the context of various individual cases, it will call into question both what can be derived from transnational programs and what conclusions can be drawn from the interpretation of quantitative international education studies or standardized measuring instruments and how the growing diversity of societies opposed to this movement.


Faas, S., Kasüschke, D., Nitecki, E., Urban, M. & Wasmuth, H. (Eds.). (2019). Globalization, Transformation, and Cultures in Early Childhood Education and Care. Reconceptualization and Comparison. Switzerland: Springer Nature

Project Partners

University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany:

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Faas
  • Prof. Dr. Dagmar Kasüschke

Dublin City University, Irland:

  • Prof. Dr. Mathias Urban

University of Roehampton London, United Kingdom:

  • Dr. Clara Ines Rubiano Zornosa

Mercy College New York, U.S.A:

  • Prof. Dr. Helge Wasmuth
  • Prof. Dr. Elena Nitecki

University of Stavanger, Norway:

  • Prof. Dr. Eva Marianne Johansson
  • Assoz. Prof. Dr. Anita Berge
  • Dr. Gunnar Magnus Eidsvåg

University of Gothenburg, Sweden:

  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Garvis

University of Tübingen, Germany:

  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Treptow

Tarbiat Modares University of Teheran, Iran:

  • Prof. Dr. Ebrahim Talaee

Project Meetings

6 to 7 July 2017Founding Meeting in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
7 to 8 February 2018Research Network Meeting in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
11 to 12 October 2018Research Network Meeting in Dublin, Irland
7 to 8 February 2019Research Network Meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden
11 to 12 September 2019Research Network Meeting in Stavanger, Norway