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Viewpoints and experiences of preschool professional workers towards children's participation in daily routine and play

Mira Vladimira Vrankar (2013) Viewpoints and experiences of preschool professional workers towards children's participation in daily routine and play. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    The essence of child participation is that children are afforded the opportunity to take part in decisions regarding matters that affect their lives. However, despite the fact that it has received greater attention in the recent decades, child participation is still frequently overlooked and linked to various dilemmas. The first part of the thesis comprises theoretical bases, in which democratic citizenship and the democratisation of preschool education are presented. Special emphasis is placed on children's rights as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which represents an important shift in how children are viewed. Attention is then given to the changing views on children through history, and on child participation as it relates to daily routine, as part of the hidden curriculum, and as it relates to play. The theoretical section concludes with subjective theories and points of view, and the conduct of childcare providers, with an emphasis on reward and punishment as a method for disciplining children. The empirical section presents research, the objective of which was to identify the experiences, conduct and points of view of professionals regarding child participation in daily routine and play. The research was carried out on the basis of a random sample of 150 professionals who worked in day care centres in central Slovenia in second age-group departments during the 2011/2012 academic year. The results of the research indicate that professionals frequently take advantage of different opportunities to permit children to participate or be part of the decision-making process, but plan child participation less frequently. Professionals with more than 21 years of work experience plan child participation most often, while those with up to 5 years of work experience plan child participation least frequently. The effect of the education level on experiences and on the conduct of professionals with respect to child participation is not statistically significant. From the conduct of professionals, it is evident that child participation is often overlooked, as many questionable and problematic practices, such as insisting that children rest on a bed even if they do not sleep or insisting that they try food even if they do not wish to, remain in place. This indicates that child participation is often more rhetoric than practice. The points of view of professionals indicate that the majority are moderately disposed to child participation. Slightly less than half are very disposed to child participation, while the proportion of those not disposed to child participation is negligible.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: democratisation of day care centres, child participation, daily routine, play, subjective theories of childcare providers
    Number of Pages: 93
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Marcela Batistič ZorecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9634377)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1457
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 07:51
    Last Modified: 23 May 2013 07:51
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1457

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