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ERIC Number: ED560971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
Children as Teachers: Families as Learners
Carr, Margaret; Clarkin-Phillips, Jeanette; Thomas, Rebecca; Armstrong, Garth; Beer, Alison; Crowe, Neil; Fruean, Lou; Greene, Bridie; Lowe, Jo; O'Brien, Cheri; Perrot, Carly; Shepherd, Andrea; Tinning, Andrea; Twaddle, Fiona; Waitai, Maiangi; Wiles, Joy
Teaching and Learning Research Initiative
In this project, the research team--a collaboration between teacher researchers and university researchers--was interested in finding out about how "children as teachers" might engage their "families as learners" at a museum. This project had two parts. First, it was about young children as museum guides, explaining their understandings about a museum exhibit or object to others. Second, the research explored the ways in which shared experiences with families and friends visiting a museum invited conversations that include families' social and cultural knowledge, and engaged families in their children's learning. The research also explored what objects or exhibits and accompanying stories captured the children's interests and how competently and efficiently they could explain their interpretations to others. As an outcome, the project also focused on developing and trialling a resource for early childhood centres about making the most from a museum visit. The project involved two early childhood settings: Tai Tamariki Kindergarten and Owhiro Bay Kindergarten, both in Wellington. This resource is in draft form, and we anticipate that it will become available on the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI), University of Waikato Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER) Early Years Research Centre and the Ministry of Education ECE Lead websites during 2014.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (New Zealand)
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand