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Picture books, critical literacy and place

Margaret Zeegers wrote an article some time ago in which she analysed certain Australian picture books for the way they hid or exposed indigenous landrights and indigenous histories. Her interest was based on the observation that many schools are on … Continue reading

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The discourse of control – Foucault in ECE 3

In the afore-mentioned article, Millei writes that “The discourse of the classroom, its architectural plan, regulations and administrative measures, is filled with controlling techniques of power/knowledge. The word ‘school’ itself defines relations within the institution and in the classroom as … Continue reading

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The discourse of control – Foucault in ECE 2

In the afore-mentioned article, Millei found that in the classroom discourse, “all participants used words that originate in the discourse of behavioural science. Young persons’ actions, the expression of their emotions and their talk were placed under one summarising term: … Continue reading

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The discourse of control – Foucault in ECE

“Disruption can be a result of a wide array of circumstances, but is commonly identified as a ‘control problem’ in early childhood classrooms. In this article, the author argues that the recognition of disruption as a ‘control problem’ is embedded … 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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‘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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“FOUCAULT’S HETEROTOPIA AND CHILDREN’S EVERYDAY LIVES”

Another interesting looking article that caught my eye is one that adopts Foucault’s concept of ‘heterotopias’ to analyse the construction of childhood. The author, Sara McNamee, introduces her thoughts in this way: “Jenks (1996) has argued that childhood is constructed … Continue reading

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