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Ms Tracy Young

Lecturer, Education


Tracy Young teaches in the Department of Education with expertise in education theories, environmental education, early childhood education and social justice. Her research interests include post-qualitative multispecies ontologies that challenge humanism in theories and practices of education. Tracy is the co-editor of a forthcoming international ChildhoodNatures Research Handbook section on child/animal relations, to be published by Springer in 2019.

Tracy is currently engaged with research that troubles the connections and disjunctions of child/animal relatings in family homes and early childhood education within a critical posthuman theoretical framework. In this research the complex relations with children, animals and environments provide a space for ethical inquiry that troubles how animal species are socially constructed, culturally reproduced and positioned in early childhood education. Postqualitative methodologies invite creative practices in her research including theorising with critical posthumanist, ecofeminist, postcolonial and new materialist philosophies. Tracy’s research contributes to wider understandings about the significance of early childhood education in terms of relationality with the human and the more-than-human.

Research interests

Education; Early childhood education; Environmental education; Human-animal studies

Fields of Research

  • Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) - 130102
  • Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified - 130399
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development - 130202

Teaching areas

Early childhood Education;Environmental Sustainability;Teaching and Learning Theories


Also published as: Young, Tracy; Young, T.; Young, Tracy Charlotte
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