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ERIC Number: EJ977965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Whose Hand Rocks the Cradle? Parallel Discourses in the Baby Room
Powell, Sacha; Goouch, Kathy
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v32 n2 p113-127 2012
This article explores the practice narratives of a group of 25 caregivers who work with babies in daycare settings in England and seeks to illustrate awareness of, resistance to and compliance with powerful discourses. It is argued that multiple voices exert an influence over baby room practice, disempowering the caregivers and reducing their capacity to practise in ways that meet the "babies' best interests". Yet there may also be ways in which they collude in their own oppression. Opportunities to engage in professional dialogue, reflection and critique as a means of "conscientizacao" (conscientization or "dialogic cultural action" as described by Freire in "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" [London: Penguin, 1970], 141) are rare. When offered, these may simultaneously increase participants' awareness of discourses of performativity and inadequacy and heighten feelings of powerlessness, but may also offer a space in which to nourish professional knowledge and understanding and the self-confidence to challenge and resist privileged voices that sustain a hegemony. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)