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ERIC Number: EJ1091796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
(Re)configuring Quality: From a Hegemonic Framework to Story Telling
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v17 n1 p134-139 Mar 2016
In this brief colloquium, the authors consider a reconfiguring of quality and how this has impacted on practice in an early years setting. They demonstrate how their move from a formal quantitative strategic plan for the setting to their current narrative version, known as "Violet's Story", contributes to the academic debate of quality framed by post-humanist theory and narrative methods. The authors explain how this shift reflects a "qualia" understanding of quality and, in doing so, show how the narrative strategies and techniques deployed embody post-humanist sympathies, taking the reader beyond the subjective to reveal some of the complexities of entanglement that make up a shifting, contextualised understanding of quality. Finally, the authors illustrate the theoretical by representing one practitioner's reflection on what it can be like to work within a fluid, contextualised understanding of quality. They conclude that further studies should follow this line of inquiry for a better understanding of the real impact that such a reconfiguration of quality has on early years settings, the experiences of practitioners, and children and their families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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