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A Critique of a Child-Centered Curriculum

Rachael Floom, Melanie Janzen
2020 Journal of Childhood Studies  
Imagine a world full of human beings existing to and for themselves alone, insensitive and removed from the social and natural world. Here we contemplate child-centeredness, a discourse used liberally in the realm of early childhood education and yet rarely considered critically. Drawing from Gert Biesta, we will explore the ways in which the notion of a child-centred curriculum positions the child as an egological being and thus minimizes the child's relationships with others and the world in
more » ... s and the world in which they exist. We hope to provoke considerations of how we might reconceptualize curricula to foster children's understanding of their broader existence.
doi:10.18357/jcs00019401 fatcat:o2z7dijhivevxjiqvuogxenn5q