Two faculty celebrate book launches

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Listen to our Voices: Stories from the Learning Centre 1983-2018 co-edited by Betsy Alkenbrack and The Sociology of Early Childhood written by Jennifer Fane.

Two Capilano University faculty members, Betsy Alkenbrack from the School of Access and Academic Preparation and Jennifer Fane, an Instructor in the Department of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), are celebrating book launches this month.

“Over the years, many publications have showcased the talents of our learners, volunteers and staff. We collected the stories to create this book,” says Alkenbrack, a CapU instructor who works with fellow CapU instructor, Lucy Alderson, out of the Carnegie Learning Centre (CLC) in downtown Vancouver.

Listen to our Voices: Stories from the Learning Centre 1983-2018 was created by a team of volunteers at the CLC, a program operated by Capilano University in partnership with Carnegie Community Centre. It supports learners with distinctive needs who live in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. A book launch event is taking place on Thursday, November 7 at the Centre.

Jennifer Fane and co-author Yarrow Andrew could not find a suitable textbook that looked at childhood from a sociological perspective. Therefore, the educators wrote The Sociology of Early Childhood, to meet the needs of early childhood education students. 

The book pulls together theory, ideas, and key issues across a range of undergraduate courses,” says Fane. “Students appreciate the ability to use the same text across a number of courses, allowing for deeper engagement with key ideas and challenges across contexts and themes.”

Fane, who is a graduate of CapU, joined the University this year after completing research at Flinders University in Australia. She is excited to bring her understanding of sociological perspectives in early childhood studies to her work at CapU. “The work being done by my colleagues here is incredibly innovative and valuable to the ECCE community in BC, Canada, and internationally. I am honoured to be a part of it.”

Submitted by: Linda Munro