Mothers, teachers, maternalism and early childhood education and care : some historical connections

Ailwood, Joanne (2007) Mothers, teachers, maternalism and early childhood education and care : some historical connections. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 8(2), pp. 157-165.

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Many current debates in Australia regarding the policy, politics and practicalities of child care provision are embedded in dominant discourses of maternalism. This paper places these debates within some historical contexts, emphasising the long history of these debates and the enduring centrality of maternalism – where the most revered of roles and relationships a woman can have is that of mother and one-on-one carer for her young child. In this paper I discuss some of the historical points at which maternalism came to dominate early childhood education and care. I consider Froebel, and the women who spread his word, nation building and the rise of psychology, making links between these and current debates in Australia.

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ID Code: 6102
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: maternalism, early childhood education, history
DOI: 10.2304/ciec.2007.8.2.157
ISSN: 1463-9491
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History and Philosophy of Education (220202)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Symposium Journals
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:35

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