ERIC Number: EJ1111543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Embodied Methodologies for Transformative Practice in Early Childhood and Youth. Weighed down by Development: Reflections on Early Childhood Care and Education in East Africa
Dachyshyn, Darcey M.
Journal of Pedagogy, v7 n1 p39-58 Jun 2016
This paper is based on qualitative research undertaken in West Nile Uganda and Coastal Kenya as part of a broader "development" project. A wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, parents, and early childhood practitioners were involved in sharing their perspectives of what life is like for young children (birth to age 8) in their homes, communities, and institutions. Data gathered were then brought back to community members to solicit action plans. The author brings to the data her reflections and lived experience as a "mzungu" (white person) brought to the region under the "guise" of development work and the ethical issues that ensued. It was clear that minority world discourses and conceptions of what constitutes a "good life" for children had permeated the value systems and goals of many adults in this majority world context. However, when challenged to think deeply about the systemic issues affecting their children, participants began to see the importance of finding ways to meld indigenous values, beliefs, and practices with the globalization agenda.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Ethics, Whites, Reflection, Values, Indigenous Knowledge, Global Approach, Child Care, Quality of Life, Family Environment, Parent Aspiration, Educational Finance, Barriers, Intervention, Nutrition, Child Health, Safety, Beliefs, Access to Education, Primary Education, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya; Uganda
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