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Practices - 8, New Zealand: Attentive Encounters: Infant and Toddler Participation in an Early Childhood Community


Duhn, I, Practices - 8, New Zealand: Attentive Encounters: Infant and Toddler Participation in an Early Childhood Community, Children's Self-determination in the Context of Early Childhood Education and Services, Springer Cham, M Fleer and IP Samuelsson (ed), Switzerland, pp. 125-134. ISBN 9783030145552 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-14556-9_9


This chapter provides a brief overview of relevant literature around infant and toddler participation to outline current understandings, and their possibilities and limitations, for very young children's self-determination in early childhood education. Possibilities are further explored with the introduction of a research project in the context of New Zealand. Specifically, a brief encounter between a baby and an educator is described to argue that adults' perception of babies' capabilities both limit and open up possibilities for young children's agency. In other words, the chapter encourages the view that often too much is assumed when it comes to very young children's participation and self-determination. Admitting to uncertainty is possibly a way forward to enable unexpected encounters and surprising participation to emerge in pedagogical practice and research with babies and toddlers. Such an approach supports the unsettling of assumptions about very young children's capabilities and opens spaces for less adult-centric understandings of babies and toddlers as learners.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:infant and toddler, participation, early childhood community
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Early childhood education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Early childhood education
UTAS Author:Duhn, I (Professor Iris Duhn)
ID Code:153253
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-09-14
Last Modified:2022-11-01

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