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Early Childhood Education
The Disposition of The Early Childhood Educator
Our objective of the research inquiry is to deconstruct the role and image of the educator, as one that partakes and shares ethical and political topics within their curriculum. Thinking with Postmodernist and Post-structural perspectives inspired by Michael Foucalt, Peter Moss, and Gunilla Dahlberg. We also work with the concepts and philosophies of Emmanuel Levinas and Gert Biesta. We examine the dominant discourse of education and how it has particular views of the educator as technicians, authoritarians, and providers of a service. We deconstruct the dispositions of an educator and see how they make ethical and political decisions in the education system. As a group, we co-construct an understanding for educators to create an ethical, political, democratic, and collaborative learning space for children. This will allow for multiplicities of differences and diversity of Others to be welcomed. From this collaborative inquiry, we hope that the disposition of the educator will be more than a means of providing knowledge, and instead create a space where children and Others are legitimized and listened to. This is in hopes to confront the dominant stories of a society that have led to ways of injustice, marginalization and oppression that we've seen and some of us have experienced in society.