As a settler on unceded Aboriginal land, I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land where I live and work, the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. I also recognise my responsibility to examine my part in ongoing settler colonialism and to work towards a future of justice and equality.
This project is aimed at exploring alternative ways of approaching place-based pedagogies within early childhood education in Australia. It also sets out to trouble the ways in which literacy and literacy practice is defined in the Western schooling system. The project sits within a Common Worlds theoretical framework where Place and children are understood to be already entangled in relational common worlds.
The project is emerging from walks that have taken place in Noongar Country where I am walking-with and thinking-with Gabbiljee. Gabbiljee is also known as the watery place at the end of the river and is also now known as Bull Creek wetlands.