Educator perceptions of early learning environments as places for privileging social justice in rural and remote communities

Christopher, Vicki ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8402-3714 and Turner, Michelle ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4605-9860 and Green, Nicole ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2117-3504 (2022) Educator perceptions of early learning environments as places for privileging social justice in rural and remote communities. Education Sciences, 12 (1):40.

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Abstract

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Australia has long been associated with the concept of social justice, however, a clear understanding of what it looks like across diverse services and communities is not available. This article reports the process of inquiry, as well as the outcomes, of a small-scale study designed to uncover the perceptions of ECEC educators working in rural and remote communities in the state of Queensland. Data were collected through individual semi-structured interviews with five educators from rural and remote settings identified as areas experiencing significant growth in population diversity. An initial thematic analysis of the data revealed three key themes. A secondary analysis using a place and space conceptual framework uncovered deeper, more sophisticated meanings of the educator experience of social justice. The research is important in bringing pedagogical conversations to the forefront regarding ECEC educator perceptions of their role in creating a socially just learning environment. In addition to identifying future research possibilities, implications from the findings indicate opportunities for re-examining and rethinking initial teacher education and ongoing professional learning.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2022 03:51
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2022 23:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: social justice; early childhood; rural and remote; space and place
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160201 Equity and access to education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1602 Schools and learning environments > 160203 Inclusive education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160101 Early childhood education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12010040
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46851

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