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26th International RECE Conference: Inequality in early childhood education and care

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Location

DPU
Tuborgvej 164
København NV
Denmark
Event date: 
14 Oct 2018 (All day) - 18 Oct 2018 (All day)

 

A brief introduction to the reconceptualist movement...

The reconceptualist movement in early childhood education gained momentum in the 1980s with conversations among scholars around the world who were concerned about the dominance of psychology and child development theory and drew from an array of more critical, feminist, postcolonial and postmodern perspectives in their work. Such reconceptualist scholars, like those in other fields, question the belief that scientific truths could be "discovered" about any individual or group of children and then applied to all children, no matter the culture, language, belief structure, or physical life circumstances. In other words, the early work from reconceptualists in our field questioned the promotion of universal prescriptions for "best practice" and other "grand narratives" which continue to dominate our field. Many of us were doing anti-bias or cultural and gender focused research that seeks to appreciate and support diversity in people, ideas, and ways of being. We share a concern about privileging particular sets of beliefs or forms of knowledge (or "grand narratives" that typically reflect western or Eurocentric values), which can create power for certain groups of people and oppress others.

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