Child participation in the early years : challenges for education
The view that children should have a say in and participate in the decision-making of, matters that affect them is now an accepted position when considering research and policy in the early years. This paper reviews the field of child participation in the Australian context to show that, despite growing evidence of support within policy and research arenas, young children’s participation rights in Australia have not been key agenda items for early childhood education. While a significant part of children’s daily experience takes place in classrooms, the actual practices of engaging young children as participants in everyday activities remains a challenge for early childhood education. Participation is an interactional process that involves managing relationships between children and adults. Recommendations include further research into the daily experiences of young children to show what participation might look like when translated to the everyday activities of the classroom and playground.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||child participation, early years education, child competence, child rights, everyday experiences, Australia, early years research and policy|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2011 Early Childhood Australia|
|Deposited On:||07 Feb 2011 10:46|
|Last Modified:||17 Apr 2012 15:44|
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