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Young Children Becoming Curriculum
Deleuze, Te Whāriki and curricular understandings

ISBN 9780415536110
Published July 10, 2013 by Routledge
224 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book contests a tradition and convention in educational thinking that dichotomises children and curriculum, by developing the notion of re(con)ceiving children in curriculum. By presenting an innovative research project, in which she worked with children to share their understandings of the internationally renowned Te Whāriki curriculum, Marg Sellers explores what the curriculum means to children and how it works, as demonstrated in games they played. In generating different ways for thinking, the author draws upon her work with the philosophical imaginaries of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, whose ideas shape both the content and the non-linear structure of this book. Topics covered include:

  • Rhizomes, rhizo-methodology and rhizoanalysis;
  • Plateaus;
  • De~territorialising lines of flight;
  • Dynamic spaces;
  • The notion of empowerment.

This assemblage of Deleuzo-Guattarian imaginaries generates ways for thinking differently about children’s complex interrelationships with curriculum, and opens possibilities for re(con)ceiving – both reconceiving and receiving – children’s understandings within adult conceptions of how curriculum works for young children. This book will be of interest to early childhood students, scholars and practitioners alike, also appealing to those interested in philosophical, theoretical and practical understandings of curriculum in general.

Table of Contents

Contents  Foreword  Acknowledgements  …preambling…  Mapping milieu(s)  Maps, figures, storyboards  Plateaus  Preceding echoes   Reconceiving curriculum  Children performing curriculum complexly   Children and childhood  Rhizo~mapping Play(ing)  Children playing rhizo~methodology  Becoming-child(ren) becoming-power-full  Materiality matters  Aftrwrdng  Notes  References  Index

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Marg Sellers is a lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate early childhood teacher education programs in the School of Education at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.


"Experience the delight of finding a book that sumultaneously oozes with original thoughts and draws you in through creative expressiveness and well-crafted narratives." - Sarah Farquhar, ChildForum