Sellers, M. (2013) Young Children Becoming Curriculum: Deleuze, Te Wh?riki and curricular understandings, Routledge.
?This book contests a tradition and convention in educational thinking that dichotomises children and curriculum, by developing the notion of re(con)ceiving children in curriculum. Presenting an innovative research project, in which she worked with children to share their understandings of Te Wh?riki, Marg Sellers explores what curriculum means to children and how it works. In generating different ways for thinking, she draws upon the philosophical imaginaries of Deleuze and Guattari, whose ideas shape both content and structure of this book, such as:
- rhizomes, rhizo-methodology and rhizoanalysis
- de~territorialising lines of flight
- the notion of empowerment
This assemblage of Deleuzo-Guattarian imaginaries generates ways for thinking differently about children’s interrelationships with curriculum, and opens possibilities for re(con)ceiving – both reconceiving and receiving – children’s understandings within adult conceptions of curriculum. It will be of interest to early childhood students, scholars and practitioners, appealing to those interested in philosophical, theoretical and practical understandings of curriculum.