Meaning Making in Early Childhood Research asks readers to rethink research in early childhood education through qualitative research practices reflective of arts-based pedagogies. This collection explores how educators and researchers can move toward practices of meaning making in early childhood education. The text’s narrative style provides an intimate portrait of engaging in research that challenges assumptions and thinking in a variety of international contexts, and each chapter offers a way to engage in meaning making based on the experiences of young children, their families, and educators.
"This international collection of essays by early childhood practitioner-researchers embraces complexities and offers nuanced examples of the roles of qualitative and art-based methods in deepening our understanding of children’s lives, meaning making, and learning experiences. Drawing from a rich and accessible array of theories in practice, Meaning Making in Early Childhood Research respects many languages, stories, and arts-based opportunities for learning from and with children. It invites readers to reimagine spaces that honor children while engaging in playful, embodied, and expressive opportunities that deepen our understandings of childhood."
—Beth Blue Swadener, Professor, Justice & Social Inquiry and Associate Director, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, USA
1. Vivid Life and Learning: Rendering Thorough Illustrations Rather Than Chopping Human Stories to Bits Will Parnell and Jeanne Marie Iorio 2. Crisis, Empowerment, and Learning in Early Childhood: Deepening Meaning Through Arts-Based Research and Action Research Will Parnell and Jeanne Marie Iorio 3. I Have a Voice. I Have a Story.: The Artistic Practice of Practitioner Research Heather J. Pinedo-Burns and Dana Frantz Bentley 4. Reggio’s Arpeggio: Becoming Pedagogical Through Autoethnography Peter Gouzouasis and Matthew Yanko 5. Aesthetic Experiences With Young Children in Hong Kong Carrie Ka Lee Ho 6. Reimagining Narratives of Place: Respectfully Centring Aboriginal Perspectives in Early Childhood Education Catherine Hamm 7. Ocean Swimmers: Re-Envisaging Relationality in MAPS, an Early Childhood Arts Research Project David Lines, John Roder and Chris Naughton 8. Collaborative Landscapes within Deleuze/Guattarian Affect and Assemblage: Aesthetic Notions of Place Explored by Preschool Immigrant Teachers, Parents and Children Patti Pente, Christine Massing and Anna Kirova 9. Listening to the Voices of Children Learning English as a Foreign Language: Implications for Early Childhood English Language Teachers Ming-Fang Hsieh 10. Rhizomes and Intra-Activity With Materials: Ways of Disrupting and Reimagining Early Literacy Research, Teaching, and Learning Candace R. Kuby 11. Multifaceted Storying Among Children and Preservice Teacher Bricoleurs: Ways to Gather and Care Elizabeth P. Quintero
Books in this forward-thinking series challenge existing practices in early childhood education and reflect the changing images of the field. The series enables readers to engage with contemporary ideas and practices of alternative perspectives which deviate from those theories traditionally associated with the education of young children and their families. Not only do these books make complex theory accessible, they provide early childhood educators with the tools to ensure their practices are backed by appropriate theoretical framework and strong empirical evidence.