London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Infants tell the stories of their lives - and it is our obligation as adults to listen

Author(s) Riddersporre, B.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2009  
Editor P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education  
Age group -  
Children have a strong driving force to learn and to be developed. Will to examine and thirst for knowledge flourish most when children experience a fundamental confidence. Children need to feel safe or assured about receiving help to regain their safety, if this has been threatened. Vignettes from three infants' lives show how different outcomes in explorative situations tend to form the expectances of what is to come next. The internal working models of attachment in infancy contribute to form the development of self confidence as well as future citizenship. Preschool settings can be important arenas to offer children good circumstances for development without fear. Infants tell the story of their lives and it is our obligation as adults to listen.

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