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Making agency matter: rethinking infant and toddler agency in educational discourse


Duhn, I, Making agency matter: rethinking infant and toddler agency in educational discourse, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36, (6) pp. 920-931. ISSN 0159-6306 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/01596306.2014.918535


This article engages critically with the concept of agency in infant and toddler educational discourse. It is argued that agency, when conceptualised with emphasis on individuality and the autonomous self, poses a conceptual 'dead end' for those who are not-yet-in-language, such as babies and toddlers. In considering agency as an aspect of becoming that is inherent in all matter, the article seeks to explore new pathways for conceptualising agency in infant and toddler education. Methodologically, the article aims to generate complex questions and, following Nigel Thrift's call, 'wild ideas', rather than solutions by addressing the relationship between discourse and matter to open up new spaces for thinking and doing 'agency' in education, for babies and toddlers and beyond.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:early childhood, post-human, agency, infants and toddlers, zoe, vibrant matter
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:153317
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2022-09-14
Last Modified:2022-10-05

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