Preschool democracy and children's choice-making

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Preschool democracy and children's choice-making
Author(s) Westlund, Kristina
Date 2009
Editor(s) Cunningham, Peter
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This paper concerns how and when teachers create opportunities for children’s choice-making in preschool. The empiric data, which consists of interviews with six preschool teachers and observations from two preschool departments in Sweden, is analysed from a critical didactic perspective. My focus is on how teachers handle the relation between children as individuals and as a group. I have found that most choices that teachers present are made individually by the children, and that the teachers experience dilemmas concerning this individualisation. Another finding is that the children in the study tend to choose activities with other children of the same sex, when possible. This raises interesting questions about how teachers work with gender equality in relation to children’s influence and choices.
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Host/Issue Human rights and citizenship education : proceedings of the eleventh Conference of the Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Thematic Network, Malmö 2009
ISBN 978-0-9562789-6-8
Pages 192-197
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note Human Rights and Citizenship Education, CiCe's Eleventh Annual CiCe Network Conference, 21/5-23/5 Malmö, Sweden
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