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ERIC Number: EJ1209960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8055
The Practice of Listening to Children: The Challenges of Hearing Children Out in an Adult-Regulated World
Yoon, Haeny S.; Templeton, Tran Nguyen
Harvard Educational Review, v89 n1 p55-84 Spr 2019
In this research article, Haeny Yoon and Tran Nguyen Templeton explore the challenges of listening to children in both classrooms and research that purports to center young children. Through two stories from their respective studies, Yoon and Templeton highlight the complexities of following children's leads given the competing agendas situating the work of teachers and researchers in neoliberal contexts. Time constraints, curricular mandates, and research expectations limit children's valuable contributions to their sociocultural communities. The authors' goal is to discuss the possibilities in taking up children's words, gestures, and moves as knowledge. They contend that children's voices should not simply be heard for curricular purposes, for adults' amusement, to forward a neoliberal agenda, or to maximize our own goals and pursuits. Instead, we should listen to understand the creativity and intelligence of young children whose social worlds are meaningful.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois