The mall, the library and the church: Inquiring into the resourcing of early learning through new spaces and networks

Sue Nichols, Sophia Rainbird

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Early learning has increasingly been the focus of social policy and programmes with a proliferation of public, community and commercial entities entering the field of production. Understanding this phenomenon requires educational researchers to conceptualise early learning both within a globalised network of circulating commodities and within specific situated spaces of local sociocultural practice. This paper describes how a research project has drawn on geosemiotic and actor-network theories, and employed spatially sensitive methods, to investigate the resourcing of early learning in spaces new to most educational researchers. Focusing on the suburban field site 'Midburb', we analyse the ways in which discourses operate through/in place producing different entry points, pathways and access for parents, impacting on their opportunities for encountering early learning resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-215
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • actor-network theory
  • early learning
  • ecological survey
  • families
  • geosemiotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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