ERIC Number: EJ1026110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Engaging City Hall: Children as Citizens
Krechevsky, Mara; Mardell, Ben; Romans, Angela N.
New Educator, v10 n1 p10-20 2014
In this article, the authors suggest that current notions of advocacy in early childhood education should be expanded to include a view of young children as citizens. The authors ground their discussion in a how-to book project in Providence, Rhode Island, consider different concepts of children and citizenship, share commentary from City Hall and propose four key features of their perspective: (a) highlighting the civic nature of schools as central to the teaching and learning process; (b) focusing on young children's distinctive perspectives and competencies, not just their needs; (c) providing professional development around shared projects that promote literacy and higher order thinking skills; and (d) documenting children's learning in order to challenge assumptions about their capabilities and put forth an alternative image of teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Advocacy, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Student Role, Citizenship, School Role, Childhood Attitudes, Faculty Development, Thinking Skills, Critical Theory, Documentation, Child Role, Government Role, City Government, Books, Expertise, Childrens Rights
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island
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