Tracy Young is a lecturer with the Department of Education at Swinburne University in Melbourne with a history of continuous engagement with the early childhood profession and research with environmental education and early childhood education. Tracy completed her PhD in 2019 with the Faculty of Education at Monash University. This research adopted qualitative and post-qualitative methodologies to research children’s relations with animals in early childhood. In this research the complex relations with children, animals and the environment provide a space for ethical considerations that aim to understand the positioning of animals in early childhood education settings and the ways in which non-human animals are politically constructed and culturally reproduced in early childhood. Post-paradigms engage new ways of seeing the world and as we grapple with the influence and possibilities of post perspectives, it is challenging to consider how these are enacted to inform research about human/animal/environmental relatings.
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