Going Beyond the Theory/Practice Divide in Early Childhood Education
Introducing an Intra-Active Pedagogy
Routledge – 2010 – 202 pages
Series: Contesting Early Childhood
Going Beyond the Theory/Practice Divide in Early Childhood Education focuses on the use of pedagogical documentation as a tool for learning and transformation. Based on innovative research, the author presents new approaches to learning in early childhood education, shifting attention to the force and impact which material objects and artefacts can have in learning. Drawing upon the theories of feminist Karen Barad and philosophers Gille Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Hillevi Lenz Taguchi discusses examples of how pens, paper, clay and construction materials can be understood as active and performative agents, challenging binary divides such as theory/practice, discourse/matter and mind/body in teaching and learning. Numerous examples from practice are explored to introduce an intra-active pedagogy. 'Methodological' strategies for learning with children in preschools, and in teacher education, are brought to the fore. For example:
Challenging the dominant understanding of ‘inclusion’ in educational contexts, and making ‘difference’ actively visible and positive, this book is rooted in the experiences, practices and words of teachers, teacher educators and student teachers. It will appeal to all those involved in early childhood education and also to those interested in challenging educational thinking and practices.
Introduction 1. Going beyond the theory/practice and discourse/matter divides 2. Learning and becoming in an onto-epistemology 3. The tool of pedagogical documentation 4. An intra-active pedagogy and its dual movements 5. Transgressing binary practices in Early Childhood Teacher Education 6. The hybrid-writing-process – going beyond the theory/practice divide in academic writing 7. An ethics of immanence and potentialities for early childhood education References
Hillevi Lenz Taguchi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden.