This paper presents findings from a small exploratory study examining eight diversely qualified early childhood (EC) educators’ understandings about belonging. Data from interviews were analysed drawing on 10 dimensions and 3 axes of belonging. Findings from this study demonstrate that educators had a strong sense of social, emotional, spatial and temporal dimensions of belonging, but limited understandings in terms of cultural, moral/ethical, political, legal, physical and spiritual dimensions. Also emerging as a dominant theme from the data was the importance of educators’ own sense of belonging. The study suggests that if the transformational potential of EC policy documents and curricula is to be realised then: i) educators’ conceptualisations of belonging need to be enhanced and expanded; and ii) attention needs to be paid to educators’ own sense of belonging.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||European Early Childhood Education Research Journal|
|Early online date||Dec 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|