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Encounters With Materials in Early Childhood Education (Hardcover) (Veronica Pacini-ketchabaw & Sylvia
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Encounters with Materials in Early Education rearticulates understandings of materials—blocks of clay, sheets of paper, brushes and paints—to formulate what happens when we think with materials and apply them to early childhood development and classrooms. The book develops ways of thinking about materials that are more sustainable than what most children in the Western world experience today through capitalist narratives. In a series of ethnographic events that focus on what materials are capable of in encounters with other materials and with children, materials are conceptualized as active participants in early years education and generators of human insight.
Materials are not static substances passively awaiting our signification; they are agential, participatory, and active. By engaging with existing ideas of relationality in early years’ visual arts, feminist and science studies, philosophy, and anthropology,Encounters with Materials in Early Education highlights how materials can be conceptualized as active participants in early childhood education and shows how educators, young children, and researchers have engaged in thinking with materials in early years classrooms.