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ERIC Number: EJ958565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Teaching through an Ethics of Belonging, Care and Obligation as a Critical Approach to Transforming Education
Macartney, Bernadette Christine
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v16 n2 p171-183 2012
This paper considers the experiences of a New Zealand family and their "disabled" daughter Clare's "inclusion" and "exclusion" in her early childhood centre and the implications of these experiences for shifting from a discourse of "inclusion" to "belonging" based on "an ethics of care and obligation to others". I argue that the meanings and understandings of "inclusion" for disabled children in education are variable and that they often default to dominant deficit discourses whilst believing themselves to be "inclusive". I also argue that we must consciously develop a critical awareness of how exclusionary power operates in society and in our own settings. In this paper, I present ideas drawn from a "pedagogy of listening" and Te Whaariki--The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum to critically reflect on some of the early childhood education experiences of Clare and her family. I suggest that teachers' use of critical reflective "child's questions" can be used as tools for educational transformation towards the full and meaningful participation of disabled children in education. (Contains 1 table.)
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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: New Zealand