Seen and Heard
Children's Rights in Early Childhood Education
Knowing, really believing, that children have rights is a huge responsibility. Understanding that all children have the same rights, regardless of their circumstances at birth, is a point of crisis for us as adults. Because if we really know this, what excuses can we possibly offer for the disparity of circumstances for children around the world?
Using examples from a Reggio-inspired school with children from ages 6 weeks to 6 years, the authors emphasise the importance of children’s rights and our responsibility as adults to hear their voices. Seen and Heard summarises research and theory pertaining to young children’s rights, 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 three essential ideas:
“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.
|Publish date||2015-02-23 00:00:00|
|Partner Name||Columbia Teachers College Press|
|Key Learning Area||Civics and Citizenship, Cross-Curricular|