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Title: Infant and toddler educare: A challenge to neoliberalism
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid ; Alexander, Elise (author); Nislin, Mari A (author); Pedey, Karma (author); Tausere-Tiko, Lavinia (author); Sajaniemi, Nina (author)
Publication Date: 2018
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.4102/sajce.v8i1.594Open Access Link
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Abstract: We contend that the conventions, practices and philosophies underpinning working with infants and toddlers provide an alternative way of viewing early childhood work, and such a perspective may well help to challenge the 'wicked problem' of neoliberalism. It is in this context that we propose that a deeper understanding of the perspectives of those professionals working with our youngest children in a range of different countries may inform a wider resistance to neoliberalism across all of early childhood. We seek, in this article, to share the voices of early childhood professionals reflecting on the manner in which they understand work with infants and toddlers, and how this relates to their understanding of issues related to education and care. We hope this exploration will lead us into further refining our argument that infant and toddler pedagogy has the potential to challenge the hegemony of neoliberalism in early childhood. Our dream is to steer early childhood away from the tyranny of standardisation, accountability and economic rationality into a space where children are valued for being, where individuality and diversity flourish, where learning academics is one (relatively unimportant) element amongst many others and where relationships and participation (and dare we say, happiness) reign supreme.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: South African Journal of Childhood Education, 8(1), p. 1-8
Publisher: South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education
Place of Publication: South Africa
ISSN: 2223-7682
Field of Research (FOR): 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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