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Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education
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Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Thinking With Materials

Eventful Material Relations

Materials in Early Childhood

The "Material Encounters in Early Childhood Education" Project

Inquiring into materiality

Experimentation

The arts as mode of inquiry

The studio

Encounters With Materials and the Reggio Emilia projects

Inviting conversations through images

Diffraction as a Mode of Inquiry

Diffracting with concepts

This Book's Entanglements with Paper, Charcoal, Paint, Clay, and Blocks

Chapter 2. Paper: Movement

Singularity

The Movements of Making

Continuous Motion

Caught in the Currents

Surprise

Movement Across

Paper in its Final Move

Chapter 3. Charcoal: Encounter

To Meet

To Touch

To Attend

To Open

To Respond

Chapter 4. Paint: Assemblage

Improvising

Emerging

Blending and Bleeding

Assembling

Creating

Chapter 5. Clay: Ecologies

Clay in the atrium studio

Clay in the forest

Clay at the river

Meso and Ethoecology

Attachments

It Matters

Fostering and Nourishing

Folding In

Ecologies of Practice

Chapter 6. Blocks: Time

The Weight of Time

Playing with Time

Time as Lived

Time as Intensity

Transitory Spaces

Afterword: Noticing

References

Index

About the Author

Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw is Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education at Western University, Canada. Sylvia Kind is Faculty Instructor, Department of Early Childhood Care and Education at Capilano University, Canada, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. Laurie L.M. Kocher is Faculty Instructor, Department of Early Childhood Care and Education at Capilano University, Canada.

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"Through vivid vignettes and extensive theoretical grounding, readers are challenged to reconsider taken-for-granted assumptions about the role of materials in the early childhood classroom. This groundbreaking, deeply layered book will remain important to me as I revisit and reflect on its ideas, and I highly recommend it as a must-read for educators in the disciplines of both art education and early childhood education."

--Pat Tarr, PhD, retired art and early childhood educator, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada

"'What if...?' This essential question propels this open-ended exploration of the ways that young children and responsive materials interact in early childhood classrooms. The authors invite us to ponder with them, to notice, to question, in ways that move us beyond the conventions and constraints of traditional practices and provisions for young children. Sometimes startling, always provocative, this text rewards careful and considerate reading, as it reminds us how often we tend to structure even the most 'unstructured' aspects of early childhood curriculum, prohibiting truly productive encounters between children and the 'stuff' that offers unknown possibilities."

--Christine Marme Thompson, Professor of Art Education, Pennsylvania State University, USA

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