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Listening to and involving young children: a review of research and practice

Clark, Alison (2005). Listening to and involving young children: a review of research and practice. Early Child Development and Care, 175(6) pp. 489–506.

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This paper sets out an international review of literature and practice concerning listening to and consulting with young children in early childhood institutions. Most of the existing literature on children's participation has focused on children over five years old; however, a small number of studies have been undertaken with young children. Beginning with an examination of understandings of listening, the paper describes methodologies for gathering young children's perspectives, including traditional research methods and participatory approaches. Key themes will be described which have emerged from studies undertaken to date. Illustrative case studies undertaken as part of the review are used to support the limited published material in this field. The paper raises issues for policy, research and practice concerning the implications of listening to young children.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2005 Routledge
ISSN: 1476-8275
Extra Information: Special Issue on Young Children’s Perspectives and Rights
Keywords: Listening; Consultation; Participation; Children's experiences; Children's perspectives;
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 17093
Depositing User: Wendy Hunt
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009 09:59
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:32
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