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My funny day in the kindergarten: children’s participation

Silvija Pavšič (2012) My funny day in the kindergarten: children’s participation. Diploma work.

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    Participation is the children's right to express their thoughts, opinions, feelings and interests, with which they influence on their lives. This right taken from the Convention on the Right of the Child, should be considered by the adults at least in kindergartens and similar institutions, if not elsewhere. The right is not explicitly stated in the kindergartens’ curriculum, yet the kindergarten teachers are obliged to democratization of the educational process and indirectly also to the participation. Participation is the essential principle of the Reggio Emilia Approach, where children themselves decide about almost everything that concerns their lives and are treated equally with the adults in their conversation. The pedagogics of listening is an important part of participation, which brings the adults closer to the recognition of “children’s perspective”. The children's participation in life and in some of our kindergartens is on a relatively low level. Even though it is valued by the kindergarten teachers and considered a meaningful criterion of the work quality in kindergartens, the researches indicate that it is not used enough in practice. The main problem of including the participation in the curriculum is setting the limits on what children can decide on and what not. Active learning is also becoming a significant part of the everyday life in kindergarten. It is very complex and participational from the children’s point of view, yet it arises on their own initiative. Only a child alone can experience things, learn from them and build its knowledge. Their innate wish of exploring is the reason for children’s activeness; the exploration itself is beside game the basic principle of learning in the kindergarten. My funny day in the kindergarten was a project, with which I tried to perform participation and active learning through research. The children were given the chance to plan their fun days; afterwards all their ideas were carried out and estimated. The children were in charge of all the phases of the research and they especially liked to choose themselves what to do in the kindergarten. They loved this approach because they saw that my colleague and I trust them, follow their ideas and suggestions and that we treat them completely equally. It is good for the teacher to be aware of the fact that the kindergarten is essentially intended for the children. The adults play there an important role, yet they should take into consideration that the place and time are shared with and for the children (Bahovec Dolar, & Golobič Bregar, 2004).

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma work)
    Keywords: participation, the Reggio Emilia Approach, democratization, active learning, child, research
    Number of Pages: 121
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Nada TurnšekMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9267017)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 842
    Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2012 12:13
    Last Modified: 02 Jul 2012 12:13
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/842

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