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By Rachael S. Burke, Judith Duncan

Taking the physique as a locus for dialogue, Rachael S. Burke and Judith Duncan argue not just that implicit cultural practices form many of the interactions happening in early youth curricula and pedagogy yet that lots of those practices frequently cross omitted or unrecognized as being pedagogy. present students, encouraged via Foucault, recognize that the physique is socially and culturally produced and traditionally situated―it is at the same time part of nature and society in addition to a illustration of ways that nature and society may be conceived. each typical image originating from the physique comprises and conveys a social which means, and each tradition selects its personal that means from the myriad of capability physique symbolisms.

Bodies as websites of Cultural mirrored image in Early adolescence Education makes use of empirical examples from qualitative fieldwork performed in New Zealand and Japan to discover those theories and talk about the ways that children’s our bodies characterize a principal concentration in academics’ pedagogical discussions and create contexts for the embodiment of children’s reviews within the early years.

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Children’s Bodies as Contested Sites 27 The Japanese Child’s Body as a Symbol of Nostalgia The island of Hokkaido retains a utopian image for the Japanese public, especially by those in crowded, urban areas. Many of the Japanese teachers who viewed the video had never visited Hokkaido. This seemed to add to the illusion that the area was somewhat mystical and detached from the rest of the country in terms of cultural practices. In metropolitan areas, Rachael’s participants nostalgically linked rural communities to a romanticised, less threatening era for children and parents.

Otherwise known as the Royal New Zealand Society for the Health of Women and Children, Plunket works with families to support the development and well-being of children under five. The full title of the Bailey Report is the “Report of the Consultative Committee on Preschool Education Services” (1947). Commonly referred to as the Meade Report, after its author Anne Meade, the correct title of the document is actually “Report of the Early Childhood Care and Education Working Group” (1988). Whānau is a Māori word for extended family.

This response is interesting on two counts: the first because their views resonated with many (but not all) Japanese reactions Rachael encountered around Japan and second, because their comments strongly contrasted to those of the Children’s Bodies as Contested Sites 25 New Zealand viewers. What could this mean? In the following section, we discuss Japanese cultural contexts in reference to the body in early childhood settings before moving on to frame the New Zealand responses within the current political and social climate.

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