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ERIC Number: ED457963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Pages: 24
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Listening to Children's Perspectives of Their Early Childhood Settings.
Dupree, Elaine; Bertram, Tony; Pascal, Christine
The Effective Early Learning Programme in the United Kingdom (UK) has included the voice of children as an integral part of their evaluation and improvement process. This study interviewed approximately 945 children from 23 different geographical areas of the UK about their views of certain aspects of their early learning settings. Children were interviewed in groups of three to four and were asked questions about five dimensions of quality; this study focused on three: (1) aims and objectives; (2) learning experience; and (3) relationships and interactions. Findings revealed that children thought they attended day care/preschool to play, to learn, and because their parents were working. More parents than children focused on need for childcare as the main reason for the child attending the setting. Far fewer parents mentioned learning. Children reported a variety of activities they liked best; the most commonly mentioned of these were imaginative play, creative activities, water and sand play, outdoor play, construction play, and language activities. A variety of activities were reported as disliked, the most common of which were creative activities and imaginative play. Children perceived the adults in their setting as being there to provide care, counseling, help, and teaching. They were able to perceive different roles for different adults and could identify differing status accompanying the role. Slightly over half the children indicated that they liked the people at their setting. About half the children thought the people in their setting liked them. Children were very clear about the rules and could identify things they were not allowed to do (such as hurting others or running) and things they must do (including sharing, obeying, learning, listening, and cleaning up). No significant differences were found between four types of settings in answers to questions regarding aims and objectives. (Contains 27 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom