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Participation of children in slovenian kindergartens from the point of view of preschool teachers´ attitudes and experience

Marcela Batistič Zorec (2010) Participation of children in slovenian kindergartens from the point of view of preschool teachers´ attitudes and experience. In: Pedagoški koncept Reggio Emilia in Kurikulum za vrtce: podobnosti v različnosti. Pedagoška fakulteta, Ljubljana, pp. 67-85. ISBN 978-961-253-052-5

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    In the introduction the author presents the manner in which the changed views on a child, education and childhood surveys influenced the popularity of a discourse regarding the children's participation, which, in the field of preschool education continues to remain limited to a rhetoric rather than the real practice. The concept of participation is explained from the viewpoint of active learning and the education for the active citizenship. Further, it is compared to the concept of listening, whereby the author puts forward the view of the Reggio Emilia pedagogues, who perceive listening and participation as ethics and a relationship. The author also expresses some doubts regarding the non-critical popularisation of the participation concept and the need for its critical and reflected justification. The introduction is concluded with a review of the foreign and domestic surveys in this field. In the continuation the method and some results of the research are described, that was conducted in the first phase of the project titled “Professional training for practitioners for the purpose of implementing elements of special pedagogical principles of the Reggio Emilia concept in the field of preschool education for the period 2008-2013”,. The results are consistent with the foreign findings, showing that children in Slovenian kindergartens (co)decide, mainly about play, materials and means for them, but not so much about other activities and different aspects of work in individual class as well as in kindergarten as a whole. There is obvious discrepancy between the standpoints of the preschool teachers and their actual practical work.

    Item Type: Monograph Section
    Keywords: participation, listening, active learning, civic education, ethics of participation
    Number of Pages: 461
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    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Divisions: Department of Preschool Education
    Item ID: 108
    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 09:10
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2011 21:58
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/108

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