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Peter Moss

Innovations March 2019 – Alternative Narratives in Early Childhood, Or Why Contest Early Childhood?

Peter Moss offers “Alternative Narratives in Early Childhood.” Moss, emeritus professor at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, presents a case for the Reggio Emilia approach starting with a reference to the Contesting Early Childhood Series, in which he helped to edit three books from Reggio Emilia. He points out the common tendency to use stories, starting from very early childhood, about our individual selves and experiences to define us. However, a story, Moss explains, is only an interpretation and “alternative narratives in early childhood” are called for.

In addition, Moss emphasizes how dominant discourses by powerful institutions overtake and direct perception, influencing such paramount aspects of society as early childhood education.

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