Creating children’s spaces, children co-creating place

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Green, Nicole and Turner, Michelle. 2017. "Creating children’s spaces, children co-creating place." Journal of Childhood Studies. 42 (3), pp. 27-39.
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Creating children’s spaces, children co-creating place

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AuthorsGreen, Nicole (Author) and Turner, Michelle (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Childhood Studies
Journal Citation42 (3), pp. 27-39
Number of Pages13
Year2017
Place of PublicationCanada
Web Address (URL)https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/jcs/article/view/17892
Abstract

In this article, we respond to Fleer’s (2003) challenge for the need to continue to critically examine the discourses, the codes of practice, the theoretical perspectives and conceptual lenses of early childhood and 'question what we have inherited, the histories that we re-enact with each generation of early childhood teachers, and to deconstruct the ‘taken-for-granted’ practices that plague our field' (p. 65). Although we are drawing on Fleer’s scholarly writing from more than 10 years ago, this special issue of the journal suggests that critical examination is ongoing and remains important at the forefront of our work in the early childhood field. Our focus is the environment, the space for play in early childhood education. Rather than add to the numerous definitions of play, this article
aims to offer place as a conceptual lens through which to consider the early play environment, and exemplifies alternative possibilities when researching and/or teaching and learning with children, their families, and the community.

Keywordsplace; play; environment; early childhood
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390199. Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
390302. Early childhood education
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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