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Embracing diversity in the early years and primary classroom: a cross-cultural perspective

Ang, L; Flewitt, R; (2015) Embracing diversity in the early years and primary classroom: a cross-cultural perspective. In: Wyse, D and Davis, R and Jones, P and Rogers, S, (eds.) Exploring Education and Childhood: From current certainties to new visions. (pp. 145-159). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter offers a critical discussion of diversity and children’s role as active participants and co-constructors in their own learning across home and educational settings in two distinct cultures. We argue that addressing issues of diversity and child agency requires an understanding of the broader context of children’s learning within and beyond the early years setting – such as the family, home and community as key sites of socialisation which inform children’s development. The discussion begins by considering different conceptual frameworks of development and learning, including neo-Confucian philosophy on the importance of human and social relationships in child development. We also look at western theorisations of learning as discursive and social (Vygotsky, 1978) and at the concepts of habitus, field, social and symbolic capital as a theoretical framework (Bourdieu, 1977) to explore and understand the ways in which children around the globe draw upon their social and cultural networks to negotiate their identity and position as learners. Finally, we discuss the implications of these conceptual frameworks for early years and primary practitioners in terms of evaluating their own pedagogical practice when engaging with children from diverse backgrounds and in diverse cultures.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Embracing diversity in the early years and primary classroom: a cross-cultural perspective
ISBN-13: 9780415841115
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.crcpress.com/Exploring-Education-and-C...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: diversity, child agency, children as active co-constructors of their own learning, Vygotsky, Bourdieu, neo-Confucian philosophy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10026221
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