ERIC Number: EJ929844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Taking Children Seriously: An Alternative Agenda for Research?
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v9 n2 p137-149 Jun 2011
Recent developments in early childhood research in the UK suggest there is a good deal of current knowledge as to "what works" in early education, including what helps to narrow the gap between more and less advantaged pupils. A broad consensus now exists in many parts of the English-speaking world as to the forms of provision, including curriculum and pedagogy, environment and ethos, which are most likely to support children's well-being and their development. This consensus is described as evidence-based because the findings from very large studies have informed policy and practice, and have been widely disseminated. This article summarizes some aspects of the current consensus--on learning through play, respecting diversity, listening to children--and asks some critical questions about the implementation of these principles in practice. Through examining some small examples of interactions in day care and classrooms, it asks whether current confidence about the nature of good practice has prevented researchers from asking difficult questions and challenging orthodoxies. It suggests some topics which might inform the agenda of future research, ensuring that rather than resting on their laurels, researchers attempt to listen carefully to children and families and take both them and their culture seriously.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Researchers, Child Care, Research Needs, Foreign Countries, Children, Research, Instruction, Parent Participation, Parents, Cultural Differences
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom