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Qualities for early childhood care and education in an age of increasing superdiversity and decreasing biodiversity

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posted on 30.07.2020 by Jenny Ritchie
© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. In this article it is argued that notions of ‘quality’ in early childhood education have been captured by neo-liberal discourses. These discourses perpetuate the western, individualistic, normativising and exploitative attitudes and practices that are contributing to the climate crisis currently imperilling our planet. Educators may inadvertently perpetuate this situation, or they can instead consciously challenge this dominant culture, opening up spaces of divergence. Via a sequence of short scenarios or stories based within the early childhood care and education context of Aotearoa (New Zealand), readers are invited to consider alternative conceptualisations, drawing on post-humanist and Indigenous theorising, which focus on fostering dispositional qualities that holistically engage intra-actively with(in) children’s worlds.

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Ritchie, J. R. (2016). Qualities for early childhood care and education in an age of increasing superdiversity and decreasing biodiversity. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 17(1), 78-91. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463949115627905

Journal title

Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

Volume

17

Issue

1

Publication date

01/01/2016

Pagination

78-91 (13)

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

28/01/2016

ISSN

1463-9491

eISSN

1463-9491

Language

en

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