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Supermodernity and the Early-Years Learning Environment

Barnett, Anthony (2012) Supermodernity and the Early-Years Learning Environment. In: Research Focus Conference: A Place, A Space, 21st June 2012, Institute of Humanities and the Creative Arts, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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Making the familiar strange is a recognizable aim of social research. The ‘enabling environment’ is a key area of interest for early-years practitioners. However, the early-years learning environment with its furnishings, resources and displays is familiar territory that can pass unnoticed precisely because of its familiarity. Can concepts of ‘non-place’ and Supermodernity provide an alternative yet accessible perspective that defamiliarizes the early-years setting? Do the binary themes of transit-residence, interchange-crossroads, passenger-traveller and housing estate-monument have parallels in early-years settings? The presentation will focus on examples from Reception/Nursery settings in the context of Auge’s concepts of ‘non-place’ and Supermodernity used as orienting concepts. Particular attention will be given to classroom displays and partition screens as a way of focusing attention on a range of themes including semi-private and relational space related to principles of early-years practice. The presentation will reflect on micro-events bringing spatial concepts into focus.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: educational research, evocative objects, generative social research, supermodernity, Early Years learning environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Anthony Barnett
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 12:49
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 14:09

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