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ERIC Number: EJ1133986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Welcome In! How the Academy Can Warrant Recognition of Young Children as Researchers
Murray, Jane
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v25 n2 p224-242 2017
The academy has tended to marginalise young children as researchers (YCAR), even in matters affecting them, which denies young children agency and amounts to social injustice. Drawing on the YCAR study, which adopted a qualitative "jigsaw" methodology to co-research with children aged four to eight years (n = 138), their parents, practitioners, and professional researchers, this article considers epistemological factors and epistemological categories that may support young children's research behaviours in everyday activities. Those support structures are helpful in securing a warrant for recognising young children's self-directed research on the academy's terms. That recognition has potential to reposition young children away from the margins of research to an intrinsic position in research concerning matters that affect them, securing their rights as researchers. Such research can inform early childhood policy and practice in a deeply grounded manner that values young children as competent thinkers with expertise concerning their own lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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