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Child participation in the early years : challenges for education\ud \ud

By Maryanne Agnes Theobald, Susan J. Danby and Joanne Ailwood


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. \ud \u

Topics: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori), child participation, early years education, child competence, child rights, everyday experiences, Australia, early years research and policy
Publisher: Early Childhood Australia
Year: 2011
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