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Bodies as Sites of Cultural Reflection in Early Childhood Education

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Bodies as Sites of Cultural Reflection in Early Childhood Education by Rachael S. Burke
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Taking the body as a locus for discussion, Rachael S. Burke and Judith Duncan argue not only that implicit cultural practices shape most of the interactions taking place in early childhood curricula and pedagogy but that many of these practices often go unnoticed or unrecognized as being pedagogy. Current scholars, inspired by Foucault, acknowledge that the body is socially and culturally produced and historically situated-it is simultaneously a part of nature and society as well as a representation of the way that nature and society can be conceived. Every natural symbol originating from the body contains and conveys a social meaning, and every culture selects its own meaning from the myriad of potential body symbolisms. Bodies as Sites of Cultural Reflection in Early Childhood Education uses empirical examples from qualitative fieldwork conducted in New Zealand and Japan to explore these theories and discuss the ways in which children's bodies represent a central focus in teachers' pedagogical discussions and create contexts for the embodiment of children's experiences in the early years.

Author Biography

Rachael S. Burke is Postdoctoral Fellow at Hiroshima University, Japan. She also conducts independent research in her role as Director of Small Earth Consulting Ltd., New Zealand. Judith Duncan is Professor of Education, School of Educational Studies and Leadership, at University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Release date NZ
November 20th, 2014
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
176
Dimensions
152x229x15
ISBN-13
9781138795044
Product ID
22566604

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