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ERIC Number: EJ828128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Adaptation and Agency in Early Childhood Education
Reunamo, Jyrki
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v15 n3 p365-377 Sep 2007
This article condenses the milestones of a long project. The ambition of the project has been to seek a balanced view of early childhood education, where both the adaptive and agentive nature of action is considered. A model based on the relationships between perception and environmental change serves as the project's theoretical foundation. The theory has been operationalised with 73 kindergarten children as research participants. Children's differing views about educational settings produce environmental change, in which they not only perceive agency, but where the perception has an agentive property in and of itself. This brings children forward as producers of learning content. The agency of perception applies also to the early childhood educator. Teachers and children of 284 kindergartens in Helsinki have been taking part in the production and refinement of the pedagogical tools, two of which are presented in the article. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland (Helsinki)