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ERIC Number: ED523590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 144
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5161-8
Seen and Heard: Children's Rights in Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood Education Series
Hall, Ellen Lynn; Rudkin, Jennifer Kofkin
Teachers College Press
Using examples from a Reggio-inspired school with children from ages 6 weeks to 6 years, the authors emphasize the importance of children's rights and our responsibility as adults to hear their voices. "Seen and Heard" summarizes research and theory pertaining to young children's rights in the United States, and offers strategies educators can use to ensure the inclusion of children's perspectives in everyday decisions. Real-life classroom vignettes illustrate how young children perceive the idea of rights through observation and discussion. The authors' work is based on these essential ideas: (1) the "one hundred languages" children use for exploring, discovering, constructing, representing, and conveying their ideas; (2) the "pedagogy of listening," in which children and adults carefully attend to the world and to one another; (3) the notion that all children have the right to participate in the communities in which they reside. This vivid portrait of emergent curriculum includes: (1) Classroom experiences, including building a city for the classroom hamster and authoring a school charter on children's rights; (2) Provocative discussion questions for professional development; and (3) Photographs of children at play and examples of children's work. [Foreword by Bonnie Neugebauer. This book was co-published with the Althouse Press.]
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A