Queering Early Childhood Studies: Challenging the Discourse of Developmentally Appropriate Practice


  • Zeenat Janmohamed Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto




Queer identity, early childhood studies, feminist post-structural analysis


This article reviews approaches to early childhood training and practice in Ontario and sets it in the wider context of feminist poststructural knowledge production. Through a feminist poststructural reading, this article uncovers dominant assumptions of universality underlying the heteronormative discourse of developmentally appropriate practice that dominates early childhood training, postsecondary program curriculum, and professional learning and practice. It argues that postsecondary studies in early childhood education must challenge the pervasive heteronormative discourse in order to shift early childhood practice toward a viewpoint that is counter-hegemonic and integrates queer perspectives.

Author Biography

Zeenat Janmohamed, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Zeenat Janmohamed is a doctoral candidate at OISE and a faculty member in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College in Toronto.