Practicing Palimpsest: Layering Stories and Disrupting Dominant Western Narratives in Early Childhood Education
Interpreting and contextualizing the meanings of spoken, transcribed, visual and embodied languages, we explore how the life stories of immigrant educators evoke socio-cultural and diverse imaginaries. We incorporate the Greek practice of palimpsest - a layering of stories, voices, fragments, and traces - to understand forms of active becomings which provide possibilities for dissonance and transformation and treat the self as relational and inherently multiple. Critically reflecting on this stratum of narratives and cultural understandings, we draw on the insights of several theoreticiansÂ and scholars to consider how the language of immigration, trauma, and displacement emerge in educatorâ€™s thinking about the curriculum they are given. In transcribing stories - the participants and our own - we heard â€œlayered voicesâ€ (Aoki, 2005) that pointed us to different understandings about the immigrant experience, the connections between the self and other and what it means for immigrant educators and students to live together in ECE settings.
Keywords: hermeneutics; early childhood education; narrative; identity; diversity; language
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