Conceptualising listening to young children as an ethic of care in early childhood education and care

BATH, Caroline (2013). Conceptualising listening to young children as an ethic of care in early childhood education and care. Children and Society, 27 (5), 361-371.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on recent discourses and practices of listening to young children, in order to highlight listening as an ethical practice in early childhood education and care settings. The paper asks how discourses of listening should be viewed in theoretical terms and explores the work of a diverse range of authors who define autonomy and rights issues as relational. Central to the paper is a consideration of feminist critique of Foucault’s ethics of care argument. To contextualise this, the paper discusses examples of recent research in the field of listening to young children and highlights issues facing the status of the early years workforce. In summary, the paper contends that an ethical view of listening can bring adults and children together in democratic care practices which challenge conceptions of childhood and reconnect ideas of care and education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 23 NOV 2011
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00407.x
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2011 12:02
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 13:58
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4185

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