A Challenge University of Auckland Joseph Carroll knows literary Darwinism not only through breaking in the field but also from helping so many newcomers over the fence, myself included. I agree with almost everything he writes in the bulk of the article, but since we learn more from disagreement, I will take issue with one section, The Adaptive Function of Literature. I have proposed that art is a human adaptation deriving from play, a widespread animal behavior.
From birth, children experience living and learning with others in a range of communities. These might include families, local communities or early childhood settings. Children are competent humans who have the inherent right and capability to contribute to decisions that affect their lives.
When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.
Long have we known from early childhood theories, research and practice that children are active constructors of meaning, with voices to be heard and the capacity to express their views with wisdom and insight.
Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation DEEWR,p.
It guarantees, among other rights, the right of every young citizen to influence decisions about their city, express their opinion on the city they want, participate in family, community and social life, and be an equal citizen of their city with access to every service, regardless of ethnic origin, religion, income, gender or disability.
But what does it mean for young children to influence decisions and be a citizen in a community where they feel they belong?
These questions lie at the heart of the recent statewide consultations with young children across South Australia, in which I was recently involved as an advisor and documenting researcher. My research into the consultations provided rich insights into factors that contributed to the success of these consultations, challenges that arose, and ways in which the processes might be enhanced.
These insights came from interviews, observations, document analyses, and artefacts created by children, all of which took stock of the voices and perspectives of those involved—children, educators, families and policy-makers.
This study resonates with research conducted elsewhere in Australia and overseas, while providing fresh insights into the processes involved in consulting with young children. The question at the heart of these consultations with children was: What is important to children in their communities and what do children wish for in their lives?
These consultations were not one-off events and involved sustained engagement over time.
Following careful preparation, an all-day professional development workshop was held for educators on principles and strategies for implementing the consultations. Key principles included authenticity, ethics, and accuracy and documentation.
Broad strategies for each site were suggested, which educators tailored to their particular children and communities. Their strategies drew on multiple ways of making meaning and included role-play, photography, visual arts, music, dance, song and storytelling.
Central to these strategies was the art of conversation with children. Equally striking, but a little unexpected, was the transformative impact on educators and everyone else involved. Belonging, Being and Becoming: Participation of children and young people in care in decisions affecting their lives.
Australian Institute of Family Studies. Building child friendly cities: Retrieved 23 February,from http: United Nations UN United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Retrieved 23 February,from Every Child magazine — vol.The points pertain to the definition of visual methods, their potentialities in early childhood research, children’s rights and participation in research, authenticity and children’s voices.
An exploration of female and male perceptions of ‘imposed’ gender roles in the early years. Simon Brownhill Faculty of Education, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 9 (1): 23 What Principals Mean When They say “Male Role Model.
This article was published in the Sunday, March 10, edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune with the headline "NO SECRET TO SUCCESS: Early childhood education advocates say it’s about time. Internationally, school readiness is increasingly the rationale for early childhood education and care (ECEC).
This is the case in England, yet the statutory English Early Years Foundation Stage framework for children 0–5 years also requires practitioners to listen to children’s voices.
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