Experimenting to find more generative approaches to/within/for early childhood education

Osgood, Jayne ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9424-8602 (2017) Experimenting to find more generative approaches to/within/for early childhood education. In: 1st European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, 7-10 Feb 2017, Leuven, Belgium. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


In this paper I examine how we might move beyond critique alone to attend to the possibilities that open up when we turn our attention to ordinary routines and mundane situations to reconfigure entrenched ideas about childhood and early years education. To do this I consider the ways in which discourses, curriculum frameworks, inspection regimes, research and pedagogical practices and routine happenings are entangled within everyday events in an early childhood centre. I focus upon the material-semiotic-discursive and affective entanglements observed during ethnographic research which takes materiality as its starting place. Attention to shaving foam snowmen, boggly eyes, human hair, mirrored walls and too-small furniture provides the means to account for associations and traceable attachments in which education can be understood as more than an exclusively human endeavour. I draw upon a small number of other-worldly examples (a narrative strategic plan, cyborginal activism and a choreographed dance performance) to illustrate means by which we can, playfully but seriously, break free from old orthodoxies in early childhood to open up more generative possibilities. This new materialist approach is informed by feminist scholars including Jane Bennet, Karen Barad, Donna Haraway and Rosi Braidotti and it calls for us to view the world, and our human place in that world, afresh.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper is intended as part of a symposium with Liz Jones & Rachel Holmes, Ann Merete Otterstad and Camilla Andersen for consideration under the Critical Qualitative Inquiry SIG
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 22886
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Depositing User: Jayne Osgood
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 16:35
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2019 11:44
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22886

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