Creating children’s spaces, children co-creating place

Green, Nicole and Turner, Michelle (2017) Creating children’s spaces, children co-creating place. Journal of Childhood Studies, 42 (3). pp. 27-39. ISSN 2371-4107

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In this article, we respond to Fleer’s (2003) challenge for the need to continue to critically examine the discourses, the codes of practice, the theoretical perspectives and conceptual lenses of early childhood and 'question what we have inherited, the histories that we re-enact with each generation of early childhood teachers, and to deconstruct the ‘taken-for-granted’ practices that plague our field' (p. 65). Although we are drawing on Fleer’s scholarly writing from more than 10 years ago, this special issue of the journal suggests that critical examination is ongoing and remains important at the forefront of our work in the early childhood field. Our focus is the environment, the space for play in early childhood education. Rather than add to the numerous definitions of play, this article
aims to offer place as a conceptual lens through which to consider the early play environment, and exemplifies alternative possibilities when researching and/or teaching and learning with children, their families, and the community.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2018 02:33
Last Modified: 04 May 2018 03:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: place; play; environment; early childhood
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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