Dust under the whariki: Embracing the messiness of curriculum

White, E 2011, 'Dust under the whariki: Embracing the messiness of curriculum', Early Childhood Folio, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 2-6.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Dust under the whariki: Embracing the messiness of curriculum
Author(s) White, E
Year 2011
Journal name Early Childhood Folio
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 2
End page 6
Total pages 5
Publisher New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Abstract This article examines the early childhood curriculum in action by looking at two oppositional forces that are at play: authoritative discourse (which is perceived as uncontestable) and internally persuasive discourse (which is open for debate). Unless challenged by knowledgeable teachers, authoritative discourse may dominate. When this occurs, there is little place for uncertainty (that is, dust) significant parts of the curriculum may go underground (that is, get swept under the whāriki). In this location they still exist, but are neither valued nor embraced in the public domain and therefore do not have the opportunity to enrich the curriculum whāriki.
Subject Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Copyright notice © Copyright belongs to individual authors but is assigned to NZCER.
ISSN 0112-0053
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