Posthuman Encounters in New Zealand Early Childhood Teacher Education
In this chapter we reposition our thinking on our own pedagogies in ECE teacher education, by arguing for a reimagination of pedagogy and practice in the field of higher education. Positioned in the neoliberal, culturally diverse landscape of our two Aotearoa New Zealand universities, nuanced insights throughout our chapter reveal an already tangled inter- and intra-dependent web with and beyond human actors in higher education. Arguing through Kristeva and Braidotti, we (re)imagine thing/energy/nature/culture connections between human and posthuman conceptions in their messy, multidirectional, unpredictable performances of ECE student teachers’ histories, politics and realities. The meanings and energy inherent in these philosophical analsyses expose unexpected onto-epistemological connections of human and posthuman relationships with multiple wider worlds and theorisations. Exposing these cracks is not a comfort then, of sameness, smoothness or familiarity, but an enlivening elevation into further possible ECE pedagogical realities and uncertainties.
KeywordsPosthumanism Early childhood teacher education New ontologies in education Kristeva Braidotti
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