1 Department of Curriculum Research, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Forskningsenheden Barndom, læring og didaktik (småbørnspædagogik), Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Aarhus University3 Danish School of Education - General Education, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University4 Danish School of Education - General Education, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University
In this paper I discuss contemporary tensions between policy, research and practice within Danish early childhood education and care. I present a critical, but open-ended, pastiche narrative with elements of modernization, evidence-based practice and (post-) positivistic research. I draw on postmodern and post-pragmatist sources to construct this pastiche, and in doing so I focus on discourse, power and contextualized meaning. I do not keep politics out of my research (Denzin, 2006, p. 421) – I write with political intent (Mac Naughton, 2005)!
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2014, Vol 22, Issue 1, p. 77-90