Early Childhood Curricula and the De-pathologizing of Childhood

Rachel M. Heydon and Luigi Iannacci

© 2008

Educators have become increasingly interested in the diverse learning environments of young children and the ways in which children and childhood are positioned within those environments. The documentation and analysis of processes of pathologization and de-pathologization in early childhood may provide scholars with the understanding needed to develop more responsive educational approaches. Early Childhood Curricula and the De-pathologization of Childhood examines what is possible for young children when their education addresses their assets and is organized in ways that expand their identity options.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, Rachel M. Heydon and Luigi Iannacci shed light on the ways in which joint notions of normality and abnormality are used to pathologize childhood. As teachers and educational researchers, they offer first-hand accounts of processes that take individual children and turn them into 'others' who are seen as deficient or 'at risk.' Through a variety of critical, qualitative case studies that examine general literacy education, special education, early childhood education, and intergenerational learning environments, this book highlights the theoretical underpinnings of asset-oriented curricular practices and suggests what is possible for young children when their education begins from and cultivates their funds of knowledge.

Written for those interested in improving the lives of children through interdisciplinary studies, this volume offers sustained theoretical engagement that will appeal to educators around the world.

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Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, Rachel M. Heydon and Luigi Iannacci shed light on the ways in which joint notions of normality and abnormality are used to pathologize childhood.

Early Childhood Curricula and the De-pathologizing of Childhood

Rachel M. Heydon and Luigi Iannacci

© 2008

Educators have become increasingly interested in the diverse learning environments of young children and the ways in which children and childhood are positioned within those environments. The documentation and analysis of processes of pathologization and de-pathologization in early childhood may provide scholars with the understanding needed to develop more responsive educational approaches. Early Childhood Curricula and the De-pathologization of Childhood examines what is possible for young children when their education addresses their assets and is organized in ways that expand their identity options.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, Rachel M. Heydon and Luigi Iannacci shed light on the ways in which joint notions of normality and abnormality are used to pathologize childhood. As teachers and educational researchers, they offer first-hand accounts of processes that take individual children and turn them into 'others' who are seen as deficient or 'at risk.' Through a variety of critical, qualitative case studies that examine general literacy education, special education, early childhood education, and intergenerational learning environments, this book highlights the theoretical underpinnings of asset-oriented curricular practices and suggests what is possible for young children when their education begins from and cultivates their funds of knowledge.

Written for those interested in improving the lives of children through interdisciplinary studies, this volume offers sustained theoretical engagement that will appeal to educators around the world.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.1in
  • Author Information

    Rachel M. Heydon is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University.


    Luigi Iannacci is an assistant professor in the School of Education and Professional Leanring at Trent University.

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    Discourses of Risk

    The Biomedical Approach to Literacy: Pathologizing Practices within Early Literacy

    The Pathologizing of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Early-Years Classrooms

    Pathologizing within Special Education

    Communicating with a Little Help from Friends: Intergenerational Art Class as Radical, Asset-Oriented
    Curriculum
    Asset-Oriented Approaches to Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Education

    Conclusion: Talking points to Foster Asset-Oriented Practices in Childhood and Early Childhood Education

    References

    Index

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