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ERIC Number: EJ887967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
The Construction of "Toddler" in Early Childhood Pedagogy
Lokken, Gunvor
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v10 n1 p35-42 2009
The theoretical construction in this article rests on one constitutive pillar of seeing the toddler within the view of Merleau-Pontyan philosophy, combined with a second pillar of empirical toddler peer studies, from both of which an emerging toddler "style" of socializing is read. "Style" in this analytical context should be viewed as a phenomenological and hermeneutical construct. To enable the construction of "toddler" in early childhood pedagogy to stand, the necessary third pillar deals with the inquiry of a pedagogical notion proper to this context. Such a notion must accord with the view that the toddler of our time actively contributes to the construction of him- or herself, as well as of the persons, objects, surroundings and culture of the world in which he or she lives, and with which he or she interacts. To be at all noteworthy in the changeable plurality of post- or late modern times, this notion must be both transformative and transformable. A look at the "Bildung" tradition of pedagogy, whilst considering postmodern "hypertransformation" as well as the ancient root of pedagogy, forwards a conclusion that changeability goes "side by side" with durability, as does uniqueness with universality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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