Pursuing better childhoods and futures through curriculum : utopian visions in the development of Australia’s early years learning framework
Sumsion, Jennifer & Grieshaber, Susan J. (2012) Pursuing better childhoods and futures through curriculum : utopian visions in the development of Australia’s early years learning framework. Global Studies of Childhood, 2(3), pp. 230-244.
In recent years, globalised curriculum discourses have given rise to local curriculum texts that convey and produce particularised imaginings and narratives, as well as hopes for, and expectations of, young children, their childhoods and their futures. In this article, the authors employ concepts from utopian studies and Deleuzeguattarian concepts of assemblage, rhizomes and lines (supple, rigid and lines of flight) to undertake a preliminary and partial rhizomatic mapping of utopian visions of better childhoods and futures evident in the development of the Early Years Learning Framework, Australia’s first national curriculum for early childhood settings. Drawing on the perspective of policy makers, News Corporation, the public, politicians, academics and practitioners who shaped the development of the Framework, the authors seek alternatives to the well-rehearsed dichotomies that so often characterise and confine curriculum politics and debates, and ways of exploring spaces between the possible and not (yet) possible.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
|Deposited On:||30 Apr 2013 01:50|
|Last Modified:||30 Apr 2013 23:47|
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