London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Rules of economy and sharing in pre-school

Author(s) Elisabet Nasman and Christina von Gerber  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2001  
Editor A. Ross, Learning for Democratic Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
Young children deal with a number of issues that, to them, clearly concern power and morality in their everyday life at home or in pre-school. Young children are very much aware of their limited power resources: the opportunities for action they have or can acquire is therefore important to them. Issues of equality, solidarity and obedience to common rules are all potential parts of citizenship education. In the social context of a day-care centre these issues arise in everyday interaction among children, and between staff and children. This paper presents results from a project where pre-school children and staff members at day-care centres were interviewed about economic matters, an area which illustrates these topics very well. We interviewed some 70 children aged 3-6 years in groups of 1-4 children at the day-care centre.1 Some of the issues we raise in the paper are: Power, morals and toys; Rule-making and rule-breaking; Decision-making; Sharing; Responsibility.

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