Original Research Paper
Airplane Grows in the Tummy of Clouds: Living Through Relations in the Early Years of Life
By Karen Guo
Univeristy of Waikato
Guo, K. (2012). Airplane grows in the tummy of clouds: Living through relations in the early years of life. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 15, 31-41.
Using a child’s expression that illustrates his mental image of constituted relations of living things, the author conceptualizes relationality, an interrelated view of being, and its importance for early childhood education. The difference between relation and interaction, and the significance of inter-human relationship are discussed as significant aspects for early childhood teachers to understand as they work with children. In particular, this paper seeks to provide insights into the potential contribution of relationality towards early childhood teaching practice.
Key words: Relationality, child view, teaching practice.
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