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Movement and Experimentation in Young Children's Learning: Deleuze and Guattari in early childhood education

Movement and Experimentation in Young Children's Learning: Deleuze and Guattari in early childhood education

Olsson, Liselott Mariett

In contemporary educational contexts young children and learning are tamed, predicted, supervised, controlled and evaluated according to predetermined standards. Contesting such intense governing of the learning child, this book argues that the challenge to practice and research is to find ways of regaining movement and experimentation in subjectivity and learning. Vivid examples from Swedish preschools - involving children, teachers, teacher students and educators and researchers - are woven together with the theories of French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, bringing important new concepts and practices to the early childhood field. This ground-breaking book investigates three key areas: the need to focus on 'process' rather than 'position', as positioning of any kind, such as learning goals or developmental stages, hampers movement. working with methods that recognise science's inventiveness and productivity, demonstrating how the events in which children take part can remain open ended and in movement. Re-considering the dichotomy between the individual and society as a 'cause and effect' relationship, which immobilizes subjectivity and learning and hinders experimentation. Challenging dominant ways of thinking, Movement and Experimentation in Young Children's Learning offers new possibilities for change and provokes a re-evaluation of the educational system's current emphasis on predetermined outcomes and fixed positions. This book provides researcher and students with a sound theoretical framework for re-conceptualising significant aspects of movement and experimentation in early childhood. Its many practical illustrations make this a compelling and provocative read for and student taking course in Early Childhood Studies.  

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Published London: Routledge, 2009
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Statement of responsibility: Liselott Mariett Olsson
ISBN: 0203881230, 0415468663, 0415468671, 9780203881231, 9780415468664, 9780415468671
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxviii, 229 p. : ill.
Subject: Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995.; Learning processes; Learning, Psychology of.; Early childhood education; Early childhood education.; Guattari, Fľix, 1930-1992.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Contesting early childhood
Other formats: Also available in printed form.
Local note: EDUC

Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Foreword
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. PROLOGUE - ENTERING A PROBLEM
  5. Walking and surfing
  6. Purpose of the study; the construction of a problem
  7. PART I - CONTEXTUALIZING THE PROBLEM
  8. 1. Practical resources: preschools in Stockholm and its suburbs, where subjectivity and learning take on the features of a relational field
  9. 2. Theoretical resources: a Deleuzian/Guattarian philosophy of relations and creations, and experimental empiricism
  10. 3. Micropolitics and segmentarity in early childhood education
  11. PART II - METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH
  12. 4. Pedagogical work and transcendental empiricism
  13. 5. Pedagogical documentation treated as events, a culture, a use, a style
  14. PART III - ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSIONS
  15. 6. Assemblages of desire in early childhood education
  16. 7. Conclusions
  17. EPILOGUE-OUT OF ORDER
  18. Notes
  19. References

Author note

Liselott Mariett Olssonis in the Department of Didactic Science and Early Childhood Education at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.