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We’re going on a bear hunt: Reconciling neoliberalism and postcolonialism in Pacific early childhood

Sims, Margaret and Tiko, Lavinia (2016) We’re going on a bear hunt: Reconciling neoliberalism and postcolonialism in Pacific early childhood. Cogent Education , 3 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN NA

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    Abstract

    Indigenous peoples around the world are struggling to create their own, unique early childhood system that reflects their cultural values and supports their dream of raising their children to proudly wear their own cultural identity. In this research, we share the work being undertaken by Pacific early childhood rofessionals. The study is part of a larger study across several nations which aims to explore early childhood professionals’ understanding of their path towards professionalisation. We suggest that there are numerous obstacles that impede this work, one of which is what appears to be limited awareness amongst those very professionals needing to lead the agenda, of the nature of the obstacles in their path. The values and practices arising from neoliberalism are hegemonic, and it is easy for those living under their influence to perceive this way of being as the only legitimate way of being. We used social constructionism and a narrative-based online survey to collect our information and present it using a narrative framework (focused around a popular children’s song that emphasises how to face challenges in life).

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Additional Information: Cite this article as: We’re going on a bear hunt: Reconciling neoliberalism and postcolonialism in Pacific early childhood, Margaret Sims & Lavinia Tausere Tiko, Cogent Education (2016), 3: 1152673.
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 11:45
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 11:45
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8749
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