Learning or earning in the 'Smart State' : changing tactics for governing early childhood

Ailwood, Joanne (2008) Learning or earning in the 'Smart State' : changing tactics for governing early childhood. Childhood: a global journal of child research, 15(4), pp. 535-551.

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In this paper I make an analysis of how the discursive regimes of advanced liberalism, knowledge economies and lifelong learning have produced the conditions of possibility for the new preparatory year in Queensland’s government schools. This analysis investigates what new tactics, strategies and practices this year of preparatory schooling enables. The emphasis on advanced liberal knowledge economies, and the changing political rationalities these economies produce, reveals new ways of thinking about workers and selves. Within these shifts, I suggest that for early childhood education, the shape of the adult-to-be impacts upon ways of producing the present child. Furthermore, I suggest that as the work of Queensland’s early childhood educators in the year prior to compulsory schooling is increasingly becoming public, their professional practices are produced and managed in order to create the ‘school ready’ child.

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ID Code: 6003
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: governmentality, early chilhood education and care, policy
DOI: 10.1177/0907568208097206
ISSN: 1461-7013
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:51

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