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The need for speed: identification of ‘the deviant’ as the ultimate goal for high returns in early childhood education and care
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Childhood, Education and Society (BUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1549-9900
2023 (English)In: Critical Studies in Education, ISSN 1750-8487, E-ISSN 1750-8495, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study aims to develop knowledge about how ‘the Deviant’ is produced through identificatory mapping materials that operate in Swedish preschools. This is achieved by identifying and critically reviewing a base of mapping materials commonly used in Swedish ECEC today, focusing on how the documents per se, and the formulations therein, risk pointing both the writer and the recipient in certain directions. This includes analysing the pre-existing structure and content as well as the proposed purpose of the mapping material. Drawing on Foucault, I consider documentation as a productive discursive element in a larger apparatus, where the mapping materials operate as a governing technology for making normalising judgments. The analysis contributes to an understanding of the documentality governing ECEC professionals, which affects how they resonate, and act in aiming to fulfil their mission in identifying certain children. In line with this reasoning, I also point out the specific status the documents have gained in the global ECEC quality discourse. The analysis shows how mapping documents named Pedagogical Mapping operate as a discursive element of the apparatus of early childhood special education identification processes and become fruitful for visibilising, comparing, and assessing the child and for further governing.

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Taylor & Francis, 2023. p. 1-20
Keywords [en]
Apparatus, ECEC, dispositif, documentality, governmentality, mapping materials, normalising judgments, special education identification processes, Swedish preschool, the ‘deviant’
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Pedagogy
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Child and youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-64261DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2023.2292540ISI: 001118773400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-64261DiVA, id: diva2:1818728
Available from: 2023-12-12 Created: 2023-12-12 Last updated: 2023-12-27Bibliographically approved

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