Young Children Becoming Curriculum

Deleuze, Te Whariki and curricular understandings

By Marg Sellers

© 2013 – Routledge

224 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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 Whariki 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.


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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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Contesting Early Childhood

This groundbreaking new series questions the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood, and offers instead alternative narratives of an area that is now made up of a multitude of perspectives and debates.

The series examines the possibilities and risks arising from the accelerated development of early childhood services and policies, and illustrates how it has become increasingly steeped in regulation and control. Insightfully, this collection of books shows how early childhood services can in fact contribute to ethical and democratic practices. The authors explore new ideas taken from alternative working practices in both the western and developing world, and from other academic disciplines such as developmental psychology. Current theories and best practice are placed in relation to the major processes of political, social, economic, cultural and technological change occurring in the world today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects