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Participatory Learning in the Early Years
Research and Pedagogy

ISBN 9780415542999
Published February 23, 2012 by Routledge
234 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The early years are an important period for learning, but the questions surrounding participatory learning amongst toddlers remain under-examined. This book presents the latest theoretical and research perspectives about how ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care) contexts promote democracy and citizenship through participatory learning approaches. The contributors provide insight into national policies, provisions, and practices and advance our understandings of theory and research on toddlers’ experiences for democratic participation across a number of countries, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Sweden, and Norway.

Table of Contents

1. Participatory Learning: Issues for Research and Practice  Donna Berthelsen  2. International Perspectives on Participatory Learning: Young Children’s Perspectives across Rich and Poor Countries  Helen Penn  3. The Guiding Principles of Participation: Infant, Toddler Groups and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child  Berenice Nyland  4. ‘Doing the Right Thing’ - A Moral Concern from the Perspectives of Young Preschool Children  Eva Johansson  5. The Desirable Toddler in Preschool -Values Communicated in Teacher and Child Interactions  Anette Emilson and Eva Johansson  6. Friendships and Participation among Young Children in a Norwegian Kindergarten  Anne Greve  7. Beliefs about Toddler’s Learning in Child Care Programs in Australia  Jo Brownlee and Donna Berthelsen  8. In Support of a Relationship-Based Approach to Practice with Infants and Toddlers in the United States  Mary McMullen and Susan Dixon  9. Looking and Listening For Participatory Practice in an English Day Nursery  Paulette Luff  10. Dialogue, Listening and Discernment in Professional Practice with Parents and their Children in an Infant Program: A Canadian Perspective  Enid Elliot  11. “If You Think They Can Do It - Then They Can”: Two-year-olds in Aotearoa New Zealand Kindergartens and Changing Professional Perspectives  Judith Duncan  12. Fairness in Participation in Preschool  Artin Göncü, Catherine Main and Barbara Abel  13. Contexts, Pedagogy, and Participatory Learning: A Way Forward  Jo Brownlee

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Donna Berthelsen is an Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood at Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

Jo Brownlee is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Early Childhood, Queensland University of Technology in Australia.

Eva Johansson is Professor of Education, at the Unit of Childhood studies, Department of Education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is also professor of Child Studies at the University of Stavanger, Norway.