Belonging as a force of agency : an exploration of immigrant children’s everyday life in early childhood settings

Guo, Karen and Dalli, Carmen 2016, Belonging as a force of agency : an exploration of immigrant children’s everyday life in early childhood settings, Global studies of childhood, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 254-267, doi: 10.1177/2043610616665036.

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Title Belonging as a force of agency : an exploration of immigrant children’s everyday life in early childhood settings
Author(s) Guo, KarenORCID iD for Guo, Karen orcid.org/0000-0002-7362-5197
Dalli, Carmen
Journal name Global studies of childhood
Volume number 6
Issue number 3
Start page 254
End page 267
Total pages 14
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 2043-6106
Keyword(s) Agency
belonging
immigrant children
Summary The notion of agency is being used with increasing frequency in early childhood policies, replacing traditional assumptions about young children’s immaturity and their role as mere recipients of adults’ arrangements. Agency is thus both an educational aspiration as well as a signifier of a strong rights-based political commitment to countering views of children as immature and incompetent. This article develops the argument that agency is inherently a sociocultural product that is driven by children’s clear attempts to bond with others and to develop a sense of belonging. Using examples of the everyday experiences of two Chinese immigrant children in an early childhood centre, the article considers ways in which agency was exercised by the children in an unfamiliar sociocultural setting because they wanted to belong. Some crucial issues are highlighted for practice and policy development in the area of immigrant children’s education, arguing that the shaping of early childhood education requires an attention to children’s ‘invisible’ capabilities, needs to belong and ‘small’ everyday life realities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2043610616665036
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085656

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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