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dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Linda
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-02T22:52:24Z
dc.date.available2011-02-02T22:52:24Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationMitchell, L. (2010). Constructions of childhood in early childhood education policy debate in New Zealand. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 11(4), 328-341.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/5012
dc.description.abstractWhat assumptions about children and childhood are held by government officials and organisation representatives who are influential in policy formation in early childhood education (ECE) in New Zealand? How are assumptions manifested in policy? This article draws on a study carried out from 2001 to 2003, a time of radical ECE policy change in New Zealand. It uses principles derived from social constructionist theory and values expressed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to analyse constructions of childhood in ECE policy debate during this time. Three dominant constructions about childhood were identified: a construction of the 'child as dependant within the family'; the 'child as learner within a community of learners'; and the 'child as citizen within a social community'. These constructions were associated with views about the purposes and outcomes of ECE; the roles of children, teachers, families, and government; and favoured policy approaches. It is argued that a construction of child as citizen within a social community is a new paradigm that places children's rights and agency to the forefront, and acknowledges the interdependence of care and education. As a basis for policy, it could cater better for societal change and support ECE services as participatory forums building social networks, support and cohesion.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSymposium Journals Ltd.en_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.wwwords.co.uk/rss/abstract.asp?j=ciec&aid=4417en_NZ
dc.rightsThis article has been published in the journal: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. © 2010 Symposium Journals Ltd
dc.subjectearly childhood educationen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.subjectECEen_NZ
dc.titleConstructions of childhood in early childhood education policy debate in New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.2304/ciec.2010.11.4.328en_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfContemporary Issues in Early Childhooden_NZ
pubs.begin-page328en_NZ
pubs.elements-id35633
pubs.end-page341en_NZ
pubs.issue4en_NZ
pubs.volume11en_NZ


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