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ERIC Number: ED446823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Mapping Some Landscapes of Colonial-Global Childhood.
May, Helen
Early childhood institutions underwent a dramatic transformation in the twentieth century, with the perceptions of children not attending preschool reflecting shifts in political, educational, and social opinions regarding the best place for the rearing and education of young children. This lecture presents some historical "maps" of early childhood institutions with particular reference to New Zealand. The landscapes for the "maps" is multi-layered--a backdrop of the colonial values held by Europeans toward Maori people, the global connections of New Zealand, and the personal perspective of the author. The "maps" portray: (1) some views of Europeans toward the Maori; (2) constructions of childhood, constructed differently for the indigenous "minority" Maori child and the colonial"majority" Pakeha child; (3) political, pedagogical, and economic frames that have shaped the gaze of the state concerning early childhood institutions; (4) the interplay between dreams for social change by early childhood advocates, rationales for social order underlying political patronage, and occasional windows where change is possible; and (5) reflections on the contradictory dynamics of the politics of early childhood policy during the last decade. The paper concludes by asserting that unless early childhood advocates are active in the construction of the current "map" for early childhood, there is danger of early childhood becoming the site of experimentation with someone else's blueprint. Contains 21 references. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand