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Title: Adults Researching Pre-Schoolers in More-Than-Human Contexts: Rethinking Ethnographer Roles in the Age of the Anthropocene
Contributor(s): Scott, Fiona (author); Bird, Jo  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5317-5.ch006
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Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
390405 Educational technology and computing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: undefined
Abstract: Drawing on their reflective conversations, the authors argue that existing educational research paradigms may be insufficient for understanding how researchers are mutually affecting, and affected by, encounters with both the human and more-than-human, as spoken of in Rautio and Jokinen, whilst engaging in ethnographic research with pre-school children. Through empirically grounded reflections in the social and material spaces of kindergartens and family homes, we aim to reflect and raise critical questions about existing educational research paradigms, focusing on: 1. The intrinsic tensions between child-centered and post-human paradigms. 2. The (in)stability of researcher identity in the Anthropocene. 3. The unique research context(s) of early childhood play. The chapter concludes by proposing for debate several new norms for the kind of ‘identity work' in which researchers grappling with the emergent post-human and Anthropocentric traditions might consider engaging.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Educational Research in the Age of Anthropocene, p. 110-143
Publisher: IGI Global
Place of Publication: Hershey, United States of America
ISBN: 9781522553175
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (AETID)
Editor: Editor(s): Vicente Reyes, Jennifer Charteris, Adele Nye and Sofia Mavropoulou
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