The Vulnerable Child as a Pedagogical Subject

McWilliam, Erica L. (2003) The Vulnerable Child as a Pedagogical Subject. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 19(2), pp. 35-44.


This paper seeks to examine the ways in which the idea of the child as high vulnerable to risk is constituting new pedagogical subjects, ie, the teacher/caregiver as a professional risk-manager, and the child as a risk-management ‘case’. It does so by indicating how an expanded notion of the duty of care has reconstituted the child as a work-in-progress case rather than 'the concrete subject of [educational] intervention' (Castel, 1991: 288). It examines how the new teacher as a risk-conscious professional caregiver both needs and comes to acquire a new intimacy with the child not as a fleshly body but as a case of risk minimisation.

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ID Code: 1034
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1057-896X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Corporation for Curriculum Research
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 19 Apr 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:59

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