London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Children’s Participation in Decision Making in Slovene Kindergartens

Author(s) Turnšek, N.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
Children's participation / involvement in life of kindergarten and making decisions about things that concern them - is a key feature of citizenship education in early childhood. Children can be active members of their institutions and can contribute in meaningful ways. Slovene kindergartens are organized as day-care. Therefore, it is important for teachers to ask themselves if children have enough opportunities to create their institutional life. A study has been made to investigate level of decision-making among children and teachers in kindergarten. According to teachers, levels of decision-making are mostly low. Children participation is limited to planning daily activities; teachers’ power is limited to implementation of curriculum. Hardly any have influence on classroom environment. Teachers also don’t influence team meetings.

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