Provoking critical awareness and intersubjectivity through 'transformative storytelling'

Phillips, Louise (2009). Provoking critical awareness and intersubjectivity through 'transformative storytelling'. In: AARE Conference Papers. Australian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference 2008 (AARE 2008), Brisbane, Australia, (). 30 November - 4 December 2008.

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Author Phillips, Louise
Title of paper Provoking critical awareness and intersubjectivity through 'transformative storytelling'
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference 2008 (AARE 2008)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 30 November - 4 December 2008
Proceedings title AARE Conference Papers
Place of Publication Deakin, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Total pages 13
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Theories that inform pedagogical practices have positioned young children as innocent, pre-political and egocentric. This paper draws from an action research study that investigates the impact of “transformative storytelling”, where stories purposefully crafted to counter metanarratives, revealed the impact of human greed with one class of children aged five to six years of age. Derrida’s notion of “cinders” provided a concept for investigating the traces or imprints the language of story left behind, amidst the children’s comments and actions, enabling the possibilities of the history of these “cinders” (that is what informed these comments and actions) to be noticed. Readings of some of the children’s responses suggest that children aged five and six years can engage in political discourse through the provocation of “transformative storytelling”, and that their engagement demonstrated the consideration of others through critical awareness and intersubjectivity. These early readings raise questions regarding curriculum content and pedagogical practices in early years education and the validity of ongoing educational goals that incorporate critical awareness and intersubjectivity to equip students with communitarian strategies to counter the individualistic outlook of neoliberalist societies.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Conference theme - Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Education Publications
 
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