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ERIC Number: EJ769005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
A Hundred Ways of Listening: Gathering Children's Perspectives of Their Early Childhood Environment
Clark, Alison
Young Children, v62 n3 p76-81 May 2007
This article explores how young children can play active roles as researchers, explorers, and designers of their outdoor environment. It introduces the Mosaic approach, a framework for listening and responding to young children's perspectives, first developed in a study in a London preschool in 1999 (Clark & Moss 2001). The author used this approach in a study--Spaces to Play--undertaken with three- and four-year-olds, practitioners, and parents in a preschool in Kent, England, that was preparing to upgrade its outside space. The study revealed how children valued use of the outdoor space. As a result of the study, practitioners adapted their practice to enable free-flow access to the outdoor space. Families supported this change by making a canopy to provide shade so children could use the outdoor space in bright sunshine.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (London)