ERIC Number: EJ1020750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
Responding to the Challenges of Active Citizenship through the Revised UK Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Baker, Fiona S.
Early Child Development and Care, v183 n8 p1115-1132 2013
The revised UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) now places a stronger emphasis on personal, social and emotional development (PSED) as one of its three prime areas. PSED has three characteristics of learning: active learning, creating and thinking critically, and playing and exploring. These aspects of the revised EYFS closely align with the "Every child matters: Change for children" (2004) agenda and can provide an important pathway to develop active citizenship. This article discusses why it is crucial to develop active citizenship in the early years and comments on the key factors that allow it to thrive. It then provides theoretical and research-based principles and practices for supporting active citizenship development in early childhood classrooms by fostering the components of active citizenship: membership, obligation and participation. These are then engendered through the goals of PSED and underpinned by characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Curriculum, National Curriculum, Individual Development, Social Development, Emotional Development, Active Learning, Play, Citizenship Education, Group Membership, Responsibility, Participation, Classroom Environment, Values Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom