Monthly Archives: April 2012

The demands of work and the ethics of care…

“Demands of work and/or pressure of time are said to most often fuel the commodification of services as well as the demand for products. Pocock (2003) argues that where factors such as increased employment of women, the casualisation of the … Continue reading

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Educational systems according to Foucault

“‘Every educational system is a political means of maintaining or modifying the appropriateness of discourses with the knowledge and power they bring with them’ (Foucault, quoted in Ball, 1990, p. 3). Thus, as long as this particular classroom maintains its … Continue reading

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Food should always be a pleasure

“Emmi Pikler’s dictum [was] that food should always be a pleasure.”[1] [1] P58 Pennie Brownlee Dance with me in the Heart; The adults’ guide to great infant-parent partnerships c2008 New Zealand Playcentre Federation. Christchurch

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What is an ‘Asian’ in New Zealand?

I think it’s worth drawing attention to certain discourses, as Ip and Leckie do, when they write “of the dilemmas of essentializing Asians who originated from different regions of Asia. In New Zealand, [they explain,] the assumption of a common … Continue reading

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The philosophical baby

The Sir Douglas Robb Lectures 2012 look really interesting. A series of three lectures by Professor Alison Gopnik, 17, 21, 23 May 2012, 7pm Titled: The philosophical baby: What children’s minds can teach us about the big questions http://www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/about/news-events-and-notices/events/events/template/event_item.jsp?cid=466941 Venue: Fisher … Continue reading

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‘Ignorance’ in childhood

“Silin (1995) claims that the image of ‘ignorant children’ in early childhood pedagogy places young persons in opposition to the intellectual and competent nature of the mature world as [-p.136] outlined in Piaget’s (Inhelder & Piaget, 1964) constructivist model of … Continue reading

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Obesogenic environments: children’s health and eating habits in Western societies

Children’s health and eating habits have been the subject of heated recent debate. As Johansson explains, “children today have a more sedentary lifestyle—often based in front of the television or computer, that parents drive them to school and activities, and … Continue reading

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Enjoying nutritious foods: learning and appreciating flavours

“Research suggests… the more enjoyment they have eating nutritious food as a baby, the more likely they are to carry that message through life.  Eating a wide variety of foods means that what nutrition you don’t get from one food, … Continue reading

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Market childcare

In 2005, Joy Goodfellow wrote: “In Australia, approximately 65% of children aged 0-4 years attend childcare (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2003). Such care exists in a climate where there is debate about the nature of other than-mother care from … Continue reading

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Humanistic or business-oriented childcare???

“There exists a tension, or paradox, between humanistic perspectives on childcare and business-oriented approaches to service provision. Humanistic perspectives are underpinned by a child and family focused orientation that draws heavily on developmental and socio-constructivist theories in relation to child … Continue reading

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