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ERIC Number: EJ1159015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Navigating the Risky Terrain of Children's Working Theories
Areljung, Sofie; Kelly-Ware, Janette
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v37 n4 p370-385 2017
"Working theories" encompass children's theorising about the social and material worlds. This article looks explicitly at power relations involved in pedagogy around children's working theories by focusing on the teacher's control of what and whose working theories get unpacked and extended. From an analysis of four cases from early childhood education (ECE) settings, it is concluded that teaching strategies are related to possible risks of unpacking and extending children's working theories. From a teacher's perspective such risks include: undermining the ECE setting's rules; exposing one's own lack of knowledge or skills; or risking the relations and atmosphere in the group or setting. These risks affect how working theories are dealt with in terms of time--right away, later or never--and voicing, as teachers regulate children's ideas for example through making concrete, reconstructing or silencing them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; Sweden
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