Global Trends in Early Childhood Practice: Working within the Limitations of The Global Education Reform Movement

  • Elena Nitecki Mercy College
  • Helge Wasmuth Mercy College
Keywords: education, early childhood education, global education reform movement, germ


Introduction to Global Education Review: Global Trends in Early Childhood Practice:  Working within the Limitations of  The Global Education Reform Movement.

The Global Education Reform Movement, also known as GERM, is rooted in economic theory and neoliberal thinking. The trends associated with GERM – such as the standardization of teaching and learning, over-emphasis of core subjects of mathematics and literacy, test-based high-stakes accountability and testing, prescribed curriculum, privatization, parental choice, and increased control over students and teachers – have infiltrated the everyday practice of teachers and practitioners in the field and remain a deep cause for concern.

Author Biographies

Elena Nitecki, Mercy College

Department of Childhood Education

Assistant Professor

Helge Wasmuth, Mercy College
Assistant Professor