Shape sorters and intuitive dances: professional enactments of a national early childhood curriculum

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In our paper, we present findings from 2 ECE centers that represent very different understandings and performances of the learning plan. One ECE center (in a deprived area) presented very structured, restricted, adult-controlled practices, metaphorically resembling a shape sorter; another ECE center (in a privileged area) presented more open, playful, child-controlled practices, metaphorically resembling an intuitive dance. Our findings contribute to the understanding of curriculum as negotiated and pedagogues’ professionalism as complex policy-production rather than passive implementers of curriculum (Evetts 2010, Lipsky 1980, Aabro 2021, Apple 2006)
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022
EventNERA 2022: Education and involvement in precarious times - University of Iceland, Reykavik, Iceland
Duration: 1 Jun 20223 Jun 2022
Conference number: 2022


ConferenceNERA 2022
LocationUniversity of Iceland
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