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ERIC Number: EJ1133564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
Different Children's Perspectives on Their Learning Environment
Sandberg, Gunilla
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v32 n2 p191-203 2017
This article reports and discusses findings from an ethnographic case study, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of how different children perceive their learning environment in the first grade of primary school, with regard to social as well as academic aspects. The theoretical framework is based on an interactional perspective, where children's learning and development are considered to take place in a dynamic and ecological system. The reported results are based on interviews with 16 children, and observed teaching situations during the first year of primary school. Research among children demands special ethical considerations, such as how to avoid questions and interest from the researcher affecting the position of children being vulnerable in some way. The findings show that, within a group of children, facing a similar learning environment, there are significant differences between the experiences expressed. The findings presented support the importance of listening to children when planning educational settings. Listening to and taking into account the children's different voices is an essential part of research and education that strives for inclusion, learning and well-being of all children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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