(Re)Positioning the Child in the Policy/Politics of Early Childhood

Christine Woodrow, Frances Press

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How a community constructs the notion of childhood and the child is fundamentally implicated in the practices and policies of the community. This article explores the positioning of the child in historical, contemporary and emerging trends in the provision and practices of Australian early childhood education and care. It argues that if left uncontested, emerging comtemporary constructions have the potential to normalise policies, practices and pedagogies derived from a commercialised view of childhood. Drawing on the experiences and practices of early childhood pedagogues and policy actors both in Australia and overseas the authors posit an alternative construction of the child as citizen and the possibility of the early childhood field as a site for the practice of democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-325
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


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