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A space for critique: Opening up the world with young children, through the possibilities of critical pedagogy

Raella Kahuroa, Jacqui Lees, Tina Johns, Olivia Ng, Nilma Abeyratne

Critical pedagogy has the potential to create transformation experiences within early childhood settings, as educators open up children’s worlds to explore fairness, equity, and democratic participation across issues of interest and relevance to young children. Using a critical inquiry framework, informed by the work of Paulo Freire, teachers from an Auckland kindergarten provided examples of what the critical pedagogy elements can look like in practice with young children. These illustrative glimpses demonstrate the workability and impact that critical pedagogy can have in an early childhood education setting.

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