London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Children's participation in their physical environment in pre-school

Author(s) de Jong, M., Eklundh, A. & Lutz, K.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2009  
Editor P. Cunningham, Human Rights and Citizenship Education  
Age group -  
The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child underlines the right of children to express their views in matters affecting them. How can this be put into practice for children between 1 and 5 years of age, in pre-school? The OMEP project "Children's participation in their physical environment", aims at developing methods to enhance children’s involvement with the physical environment. Listening to children and taking their thoughts and preferences about places and activities into account, can be seen as teaching them the basics of democracy. Ten pre-schools in different residential areas in three cities in Sweden were selected for the project. Examples of methods that were developed and used, such as video-filming of activities, walk-and-talk discussions with children and staff’s reflections will be presented.

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