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Title: We're going on a bear hunt: reconciling neoliberalism and postcolonialism in Pacific early childhood
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid ; Tausere-Tiko, Lavinia (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/2331186X.2016.1152673Open Access Link
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Abstract: Indigenous peoples around the world are struggling to create their own, unique early childhood system that reflects their cultural values and supports their dream of raising their children to proudly wear their own cultural identity. In this research, we share the work being undertaken by Pacific early childhood professionals. The study is part of a larger study across several nations which aims to explore early childhood professionals' understanding of their path towards professionalisation. We suggest that there are numerous obstacles that impede this work, one of which is what appears to be limited awareness amongst those very professionals needing to lead the agenda, of the nature of the obstacles in their path. The values and practices arising from neoliberalism are hegemonic, and it is easy for those living under their influence to perceive this way of being as the only legitimate way of being. We used social constructionism and a narrative-based online survey to collect our information and present it using a narrative framework (focused around a popular children's song that emphasises how to face challenges in life).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Cogent Education, 3(1), p. 1-11
Publisher: Cogent OA
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2331-186X
Field of Research (FOR): 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 940104 Carers, Development and Welfare
940105 Children's/Youth Services and Childcare
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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