The construction of "the competent child" and early childhood care: Values education among the youngest children in a nursery school

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The construction of "the competent child" and early childhood care: Values education among the youngest children in a nursery school
Author(s) Månsson, Annika
Date 2008
English abstract
The phenomenon I focus on in this article is the construction of “the competent child”, which has developed from both psychology and later the sociology of childhood and has influenced the Swedish Childhood Education. One purpose of this paper is to investigate the pedagogical signs in this construction of “the competent child” and to contribute to the discussion of the influence of a new understanding of children in a nursery practice. In addition to the theoretical part of the article, I present analysed material from a limited case study. I have chosen a Reggio Emilia-inspired nursery, with its emphasis on democracy and view of children as competent and active, to shed light on the connections between this view and a values education. I also aim to problematise this paradigm of childhood. The methods used in the present study are field notes and video recordings. Material from my case study illustrates how values education is expressed in a child care practice.
Publisher Lärarutbildningen, Malmö Högskola
Host/Issue Educare;3
ISSN 1653-1868
Pages 21-41
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) childhood
participation
pre-school
Reggio Emilia
the competent child
toddlers
values education
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8201 (link to this page)

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