“We’re still being dragged to be white”: Learning from Yolŋu “growing up” their children in two worlds

Läwurrpa Maypilama, Anne Lowell, Yalŋarra Guyula, Megan Yunupiŋu, Rebekah Farmer, Lyn Fasoli, Rosemary Gundjarranbuy

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    Motivated by a concern with western, deficit-driven and often invasive early childhood programs being introduced to their community, Yolŋu families in a remote Aboriginal community in north east Arnhemland in Australia are producing longitudinal case studies of their own young children’s development. They have video-recorded their young children’s everyday activities as well as their ways of bringing them up, starting from infancy to two-years-old at the commencement of the study. This chapter draws on family interviews to reflect on what these perspectives mean for the dominant early childhood education and care agenda. This approach unsettles the notion of deficit to focus attention on the needs of the system to be more responsive to and informed by the communities they purport to serve.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThinking About Pedagogy in Early Education
    Subtitle of host publicationPedagogies for Diverse Contexts
    EditorsAlan Pence, Janet Harvell
    Place of PublicationOxon
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351163927
    ISBN (Print)9780815350064, 9780815350057
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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