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ERIC Number: EJ821746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
Learning or Earning in the "Smart State": Changing Tactics for Governing Early Childhood
Ailwood, Jo
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v15 n4 p535-551 2008
This article presents an analysis of how the discursive regimes of advanced liberalism, knowledge economies and lifelong learning have produced the conditions of possibility for the new preparatory year in Queensland's government schools. This analysis investigates what new tactics, strategies and practices this year of preparatory schooling enables. The emphasis on advanced liberal knowledge economies, and the changing political rationalities these economies produce, reveals new ways of thinking about workers and selves. Within these shifts, the author suggests that for early childhood education, the shape of the adult-to-be impacts upon ways of producing the present child. Furthermore, it is proposed that as the work of Queensland's early childhood educators in the year prior to compulsory schooling is increasingly becoming public, their professional practices are produced and managed in order to create the "school-ready" child. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia