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.


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

chapter 5|11 pages

Stories of style

Exploring teachers’ self-staging with musical artefacts

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