Rethinking the concepts of citizenship and community in relation to young children, this groundbreaking text examines the ways in which indigenous understandings and practices applied in early childhood settings in Australia and New Zealand encourage young children to demonstrate their care and concern for others and so, in turn, perceive themselves as part of a larger community.
Young Children’s Community Building in Action acknowledges global variations in the meanings of early childhood education, of citizenship and community building, and challenges widespread invisibility and disregard of Indigenous communities. Through close observation and examination of early years settings in Australia and New Zealand, chapters demonstrate how practices guided by Aboriginal and Māori values support and nurture children’s personal and social development as individuals, and as citizens in a wider community. Exploring what young children’s citizenship learning and action looks like in practice, and how this may vary within and across communities, the book provides a powerful account of effective pedagogical approaches which have been long excluded from mainstream dialogues.
Written for researchers and students of early childhood education and care, this book provides insight into what citizenship can be for young children, and how Indigenous cultural values shape ways of knowing, being, doing and relating.
List of Tables and Figures
Foreword – Michel Vandenbroeck
Preface – Locating Ourselves
Chapter One: Community building, citizenship, colonisation and globalisation
Chapter Two: Children and childhood in discourses at play in Australia and New Zealand
Chapter Three: Decolonising methodologies with children and community
Chapter Four: Gundoo’s community and children’s community building at Gundoo
Chapter Five: Katoa Community and Children’s Community Building at Katoa Kindergarten
Chapter Six: Environments and pedagogies for children’s community building
Chapter Seven: Challenges for policy and practice for young children’s community building