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Identity, culture and belonging: educating young children for a changing world

Identity, culture and belonging: educating young children for a changing world

Eaude, Tony, author

Tony Eaude argues that the foundations of a robust but flexible identity are formed in early childhood and that children live within many intersecting and sometimes conflicting cultures. He considers three meanings of culture, associated with (often implicit) values and beliefs; the arts; and spaces for growth. In exploring how young children's identities, as constructed and constantly changing narratives, are shaped, he discusses controversial, intersecting factors related to power in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, religion, class, physical ability and age.Eaude explores how young children learn, often tacitly, highlighting reciprocity, example, habituation and children's agency and voice. He emphasises the importance of a sense of belonging, created through trusting relationships, and inclusive environments, with adults drawing on and extending children's cultural capital and 'funds of knowledge.' Eaude shows how a holistic education requires a breadth of opportunities across and beyond the school curriculum, and highlights how play, the humanities and the arts enable children to explore how it is to be human, and to become more humane, broadening horizons and helping challenge preconceptions and stereotypes. This radical, inclusive and culturally sensitive vision, for an international audience, challenges many current assumptions about identity, culture, childhood and education

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English.
Published London, England : Bloomsbury Academic 2020
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Statement of responsibility: Tony Eaude
ISBN: 1350097810, 9781350097803, 9781350097810
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Description based on print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (vii, 225 pages)
Subject: Multicultural education.


  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
  3. Part I: Identity and Culture in a World of Uncertainty
  4. 1. Exploring Identity and Culture
  5. 2. Thinking Through the Intersections of Identity and Culture
  6. 3. Understanding the Changing Social, Cultural and Educational Landscape
  7. Part II: How Young Children's Identities are Shaped
  8. 4. Constructing Identities
  9. 5. Exercising Agency, Creativity and Imagination
  10. 6. Belonging and Participating in Inclusive Environments
  11. Part III: The Implications for Adults
  12. 7. Working Towards a Holistic Approach
  13. 8. Considering the Implications for Those Outside Schools
  14. 9. Reviewing the Implications for Schools and Teachers
  15. Conclusion
  16. Glossary
  17. Bibliography
  18. Index