You are required to choose one case study from
Connolly, P. and Hayden, J. (2007). From Conflict to Peace Building: The Power
of Early Childhood Initiatives – Lessons from Around the World. Redmond, WA:
World Forum Foundation.
All eight case studies from Connolly and Hayden (2007) will be required reading, and
critically discussed further, in seminars, weekly, during Semester B. You will be
assessed on how well you have critically engaged with the issues raised in the case
study, including the realities, values, initiatives, belief systems and attitudes that exist
at the heart of the case study. Do not describe the case study. Instead use the case
study to explore and demonstrate your understanding of critical issues experienced
by children and families in regions affected by conflict, and the role of early years
professionals working with children, families and communities, in bringing about
(collective and individual) freedom, peace, social justice, equity and social inclusion.
You can write in both first and third person. You will end your response paper by posing
three questions of your own. Your questions should be relevant to the content of your
chosen case study, and aligned to learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4, not the format or
style of the case study or writing.
Below you will find guidance on how to structure your response paper, please follow
this structure. You will also need to read Chapters 1 and 10 of Connolly and Hayden
(2007) for context.
Response Paper: Structure
Introduction Lead the reader into the subject matter by identifying the major
issues to be raised in your response paper, and you give some
indication of how you intend to deal with the material (i.e. case
study, evidence, arguments etc.) in the main body of your
response paper. You may want to summarise the context of the
case study (i.e. geo-socio-political landscape of the country,
historical and/or theoretical) and define important terminology that
will be used in your essay. Do not be tempted to summarise your
main points or conclusions here; leave those to the conclusion.
Impact Using your case study, and existing research, explore the impact
(outcomes and quality of life) of war, armed and violent conflicts
on children, their families, and communities.
What are the key issues in this community?
What strengths, rights and capabilities do the children,
their families and communities exhibit and actualise in this
Using your case study, and existing research, explore some of the
key challenges and opportunities for early years professionals
working in conflict-affected societies.
What might this mean for early years educators (e.g. think
about how teaching can be contextually relevant as well
as ethical and political) and early years professionals?
What might be our role as early years
educators/professionals working with children, families
and communities, in bringing about (collective and
individual) freedom, peace, social justice, equity and
Initiatives Using your case study, and existing research, explore how early
years professionals, with children, families and communities, are
beginning to address the effects of war and armed conflicts.
How might we facilitate the participation, selfdetermination
and agency of children and
families/communities who face oppression,
marginalisation, exclusion, injustice and inequality?
for each of the
Here you will pose three questions of your own. Your questions
should be relevant to the content you have discussed in your
paper, and to your chosen case study, not the format or style of
the case study or writing. Each one of your questions should be
aligned to a different one of the learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4, as
(1) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different
concepts and interpretations of globalisation [and/or other global
concepts from the module].
(3) Critically examine and evaluate the consequences of global
influences for early years education and childcare.
(4) Critically evaluate the implications of globalisation for early
childhood professionals and practitioners.
Conclusion Draw together the main points of your argument as you
summarise them. Some lecturers read introductions and
conclusions first: so, time spent getting the conclusion right will
help reflect the quality of your argument. Remember you must not
introduce new information at this stage; rather, you can look
ahead to implications for the future and/or make
recommendations based on your conclusions.
Reference List Includes all the references of all the literature cited in your essay
in accordance with the Harvard style.
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