Seen and Heard: Children's Rights in Early Childhood Education

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Teachers College Press, 2011 - Education - 131 pages
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Using examples from a Reggio-inspired school with children from ages 6 weeks to 6 years, the authors emphasize the importance of children's rights and our responsibility as adults to hear their voices. Seen and Heard summarizes research and theory pertaining to young children's rights in the United States, and offers strategies educators can use to ensure the inclusion of children's perspectives in everyday decisions. Real-life classroom vignettes illustrate how young children perceive the idea of rights through observation and discussion. The authors' work is based on these essential ideas: (1) the "one hundred languages" children use for exploring, discovering, constructing, representing, and conveying their ideas; (2) the pedagogy of listening, in which children and adults carefully attend to the world and to one another; (3) the notion that all children have the right to participate in the communities in which they reside.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Tuning Adult Ears to the Voices of Young Children
7
Childrens Rights in the United States Learning from the Social Movements of the 1960s
20
The Special Estate of Childrens Rights A Movement Like No Other
36
Children as Community Protagonists
50
Childrens Exploration of Rights Through the Construction of a Hamster City
68
Childrens Places
94
Conclusion
112
References
117
Index
127
About the Authors
132
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