Infants' practices: Shaping (and shaped by) the arrangements of early childhood education

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Salamon, Andi. (2017) Infants' practices: Shaping (and shaped by) the arrangements of early childhood education. In In K. Mahon, S. Francisco and S. Kemmis (Ed.). Exploring education and professional practice: Through the lens of practice architectures pp. 83 - 99 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-2219-7_5
AuthorsSalamon, Andi
EditorsK. Mahon, S. Francisco and S. Kemmis
Abstract

Research about infant pedagogy is often restricted to educators’ espoused beliefs and interpretations, with a limited view into how those beliefs might be enacted in practice and potentially impact on babies’ lived experiences. This chapter examines infants’ practices in early childhood education (ECE) contexts, and the arrangements of ECE practice that enable and constrain them. Drawing on data generated from the author’s doctoral study, the chapter considers the conceptions of educators as among the practice architectures which shape infants’ practices. How educators’ conceptions of infants’ capabilities manifest in their sayings, doings, and relatings is briefly explored. The primary focus on infants’ subsequent practices reveals the potential impact of the practice architectures of ECE on opportunities for babies’ learning, and adds to existing literature about infants’ lived experiences in ECE settings. Infants’ practices are not only shaped by the practice architectures of ECE, they also shape the practices of educators and, so, the practice architectures of their particular setting. Implications for the agency of infants in actively contributing to their lived experiences in ECE settings are discussed.

Page range83 - 99
Year2017
Book titleExploring education and professional practice: Through the lens of practice architectures
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media Singapore
Place of publicationSingapore
ISSN9789811022197
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-2219-7_5
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85015087659
Research GroupSchool of Education
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