Children's Rights explores the relevance of children's participatory rights in education, particularly at a time when there are competing demands in meeting the rigid curriculum frameworks whilst taking into account children's entitlement to participate in matters affecting their lives. It engages with theoretical and practical models of participation with an aim to support reflective practice. The chapters are informed by wider academic debates and examples from research and everyday practice in early year settings, making it an accessible read for students, practitioners as well as researchers.
Part 1 1. History and Development of Children's Rights 2. Childhood and Children's Participation: A Social-Cultural Perspective Part 2 3. Participation: Why and How? 4. Models of Participation 5. Participation in Group Care Contexts: Understandings and Strategies 6. Challenges to Participatory Approaches in Early Years Practice Part 3 7. Participatory Approaches in Research Involving Children i. Introduction to participatory approaches in research ii. Using drawings to understand children's perceptions of their learning environment iii. Interviews: using interviews to help children talk about their school experience iv. Using questionnaires with children v. Using visual and aural technology as tools to enhance children's participation in research vi. Observation as a strategy for participation