Narratives of Childhood in Regional Western Australian Towns: A Trajectory of Hope and Collective Wisdom for Landmark Reforms

Refereed Journal Article

Project:

South West Early Childhood Project

Authors:

Dr Stefania Giamminuti, Professor Marian Tye, Dr Amma Buckley, Jane Merewether, Sonia Kuzich

Published:

2015

Published In:

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood

Drawing on qualitative data from the South-West Early Childhood Project, this research sees extensive national reforms in early childhood as a fertile opportunity for Australian communities to resist dominant narratives of salvation and political risk centred on conformity, ‘sitting still’, and invisibility. Framed around the premise of building ‘narratives of hope’ in the construction of images and childhood, this article supports that collectively fostering the observation of children in a hopeful and inspiring manner can better facilitate the creation of opportunities which make children visible, active and valued members of the community. The bold vision of early childhood reform in Australia must be accompanied by the recognition of children as active citizens, their participatory rights and grassroots critical action.

How to cite:

Giamminuti, S., M. Tye, A. Buckley, J. Merewether, and S. Kuzich. 2015. “Narratives of Childhood in Regional Western Australian Towns: A Trajectory of Hope and Collective Wisdom for Landmark Reforms.” Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 40 (3): 89-96.