Governing early childhood education through play

Ailwood, Joanne (2003) Governing early childhood education through play. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 4(3), pp. 286-299.

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Play serves as a significant nodal point in the discursive relations of early childhood education. The aim of this article is to ask how play has come to appear so necessary to early childhood educational settings and how this perceived necessity governs the behaviour of both adults and young children. To do this the author make use of concepts provided through Foucault’s notion of governmentality, or the conduct of conduct. The article begins with a thematic overview of some of the dominant discourses of play. It then considers some critiques of play discourses in early childhood education. Following this, it considers how play has been produced as a technology of governmentality in early childhood educational settings.

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ID Code: 10296
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1463-9491
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Symposium Journals
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:21

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