Moving the lens towards how the culture of the ECE institution fits with the culturally and linguistically diverse communities which it serves

“We have also not taken account of the linguistic and interactional patters that feature amony many cultures outside the western world. Similarly, we have not problematized dominant cultural assumptions about what happens in the home among families before and during the pre-school years. What prevails is the institutional practice of western early childhood education, where intersubjectivity between the institution and families of western origin fits snugly.

When educators consider institutional intersubjectivity, the lens moves towards how the culture of the institution fits with the culturally and linguistically diverse communities which it serves. Intersubjectivity between the early childhood institution and the different cultural communities is urgently needed. Rather than different cultural groups being simply ‘added on’ to the institutional culture of early childhood education, institutional intersubjectivity problematizes a dominant worldview and practice.”

Ref: 136 Marilyn Fleer (2006) ‘The cultural construction of child development: creating institutional and cultural intersubjectivity’ International Journal of Early Years Education 14(2)June: 127-140

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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