Designing learning experiences together with children

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    Children’s participation in early childhood education context has attracted considerable attention in recent years. Participation means involving and enabling children to take part in decision-making processes about their everyday life. Educators are supporters and enablers of participatory practices. The process of planning activities is an important part of educator’s profession in early childhood education and it can be viewed as a designing learning process. But not only as adults designing children’s learning, but also children’s participation should be designed and finally children should be taken to take part in designing their own learning. In this paper we focus on children’s chances to participate the design learning process in Finnish day care groups. The research data was collected from teams of educators working in day care groups via survey. It was found that children’s participation to the design learning process is average: In evaluation of activities they can participate more than in planning or implementing activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProcedia : Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Pages (from-to)466-474
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences
    • Early childhood education
    • Participatory learning
    • Design learning process

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