Over the past few decades, a growing body of literature has developed which examines children’s perspectives of their own lives, viewing them as social actors and experts in their understanding of the world. Focusing specifically on narratives, this unique and timely book provides an analysis of these new directions in contemporary research approaches to explore the lived experiences of children and teachers in early childhood education, in addition to presenting original research on children’s narratives.

The book brings together a variety of well-regarded international researchers in the field to highlight the importance of narrative in young children’s development from local and global perspectives. While narrative is clearly understood within different countries, this is one of the first texts to build an international understanding, acknowledging the importance of culture and context. It presents up-to-date research on the latest research methods and analysis techniques, using a variety of different approaches in order to critically reflect on the future for narrative research and its insights into early childhood education

Narratives in Early Childhood Education will be of interest to postgraduate students, academics and researchers in early childhood education, as well as early childhood professionals, government policy makers and early childhood organisations and associations.


chapter 1|7 pages

An introduction to narrative research

BySusanne Garvis

section A|93 pages

Stories told

chapter 2|18 pages

‘I wanna tell you a story’

Exploring the multimodal storytelling voices of children’s lived experiences
ByMarni J. Binder

chapter 4|14 pages

The importance of storytelling as a pedagogical tool for indigenous children

ByGeorgina Barton, Robert Barton

chapter 5|11 pages

Stories of style

Exploring teachers’ self-staging with musical artefacts
ByTiri Bergesen Schei, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard

chapter 7|13 pages

Children’s re-storying as a responsive practice

ByAgneta Pihl, Louise Peterson, Niklas Pramling

section B|44 pages

Storied investigation

chapter 9|11 pages

The contribution of narrative to early reading comprehension

ByMacarena Silva

section C|27 pages

Rethinking what we know

chapter 11|13 pages

Which comes first: the story or the text?

How digital affordances challenge us to rethink children’s construction of narrative during art-making
ByMona Sakr

chapter 12|8 pages

Narrative engagement and children’s development

ByNiklas Pramling

chapter 13|4 pages

Final thoughts about narrative research

BySusanne Garvis