1st Edition

Multiple Early Childhood Identities

ISBN 9780367001339
Published June 21, 2019 by Routledge
212 Pages

USD $42.95

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Book Description

Recognising multiple cultural, ethical and geographical influences which impact on the development of a child’s identity, this insightful text explores the role of early childhood practitioners and settings in nurturing and navigating the child’s sense of being and belonging.


Multiple Early Childhood Identies confronts the diverse factors which influence early identity-formation to emphasise the child’s understanding of self, outsiders’ projections and the messages communicated by educators, family members and the wider community as critical to a child’s identity and wellbeing. Written to provoke group discussion and extend thinking, this text also provides opportunities for international comparison, points for reflection and editorial provocations and will help students engage critically with the concept of identity-formation and influencing factors. Chapters are divided into four key sections which reflect major influences on practice and pedagogy:


  • Being alongside children
  • Those who educate
  • Embedding families and communities
  • Working with systems


Offering in-depth discussion of the diverse perspectives, experiences and practices which impact on the formation of the child’s identity, this text will enhance understanding, support self-directed learning and provoke and transform thinking at both graduate and postgraduate levels, particularly in the field of early childhood education and care, for students, educators, integrated service providers and policy makers.

Table of Contents

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About the Series Editors and Contributors

Preface: Finding purpose and direction - Michael Reed and Alma Fleet


SECTION ONE: Being alongside children

Chapter 1: Surviving in a post conflict zone: Through the eyes of young children - Nanditha Hettitantri

Chapter 2: The ‘troublemakers’: Emerging reflections on the identities of young children living on the streets of Mumbai, India - Zinnia Mevawalla

Chapter 3: Seeing through Pedagogical Documentation - Angela Chng

Editorial provocations: Engaging readers and extending thinking - Angela Chng

SECTION TWO: Those who educate

Chapter 4: Interwoven identities in infant and toddler education and care: "What do you think babies will do with clay? Make pots?!" - Tina Stratigos and Andi Salamon

Chapter 5: Peeling away the red apple: Seeing anew images shaping teachers’ identities - Leanne Lavina

Chapter 6 The role of the reflective activist in nurturing children’s learner identity - Karen Appleby, Karen Hanson, with Emma Bailey, Colin Barr, and Samuel Proctor

Editorial provocations: Engaging readers and extending thinking

Andi Salamon

SECTION THREE: Embedding families and communities

Chapter 7: Identity as catalyst, childhood as context: Family, school & community collaborations for a situated early childhood pedagogy - Rebecca S. New

Chapter 8: "You look like a boy": Narratives of gender and implications for early childhood pedagogy - Lorraine Madden

Chapter 9: Malaysian-Chinese parents’ negotiation of identities as their children begin early childhood education and care in Malaysia and Australia - Shi Jing Voon

Editorial provocations: Engaging readers and extending thinking - Andi Salamon

SECTION FOUR: Working with systems

Chapter 10: Exploring constructions of children’s identity and childhood in the global South from a policy perspective - Lynn Ang

Chapter 11: Looking back in anger: The impact of domestic violence and abuse on the mother and child relationship - Claire Majella Richards

Chapter 12 How Muslim women negotiate systems of motherhood in two cultures - Radhika Viruru & Nazneen Askari

Editorial provocations: Engaging readers and extending thinking - Angela Chng

Coda: Thinking forward - Alma Fleet and Michael Reed


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Andi Salamon lectures in Early Childhood Education and Care at Australian Catholic University, Australia.

Angela Chng is Head, Professional Practices and Development for NTUC First Campus, Singapore.