Grotesque gestures or sensuous signs? Rethinking notions of apprenticeship in early childhood education

Knight, Linda M. (2012) Grotesque gestures or sensuous signs? Rethinking notions of apprenticeship in early childhood education. Discourse : Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 33(1), pp. 101-111.

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Education might be conceptualized as a swarm of signs. Deleuze, in Proust and Signs (1964/2000) suggests that “Everything that teaches us something emits signs” (p. 4). Such conceptualizations regard education as fluid, multiple and temporal; a young child can display great skill in decoding some signs but not others. Regarding education as temporal and complex operates at some distance to the sociocultural concepts suggested by Vygotsky (1978) which focus on linear sequences of gaining managed, culturally-loaded knowledge from more experienced others. Despite differing theorizations around apprenticeship, during early years education a child becomes sensitive to signs that collectively prioritize conventionalized knowledge acquisition and communication practices. Drawing for learning and communicating exemplifies apprenticeship as a creative process rather than as sequential or culturally driven, and serves to exemplify Deleuzian concepts around the relationships between time and learning, rather than age or development stage and learning.

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ID Code: 48685
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: early child education, apprenticeship
DOI: 10.1080/01596306.2012.632170
ISSN: 0159-6306
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright Taylor & Francis 2012
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the Discourse : Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 2012.
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Deposited On: 15 Feb 2012 22:54
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2013 04:01

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