Preschoolers' awareness of, and sensitivities to, social justice issues: children's literature and participatory action research

Hawkins, Karen (2008) Preschoolers' awareness of, and sensitivities to, social justice issues: children's literature and participatory action research. Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education. (Submitted)

Abstract

[Abstract]: This paper will discuss the preliminary findings of a doctoral study that is investigating ways in which children’s literature (picture books) may help preschoolers’ to reflect upon, clarify and articulate their awareness of and sensitivities to social justice issues. The study is underpinned by a constructivist paradigm that makes the assumption that children are active participants in the construction of their own socio-cultures (Hatch, 1995; Vygotsky, 1978). The paper will discuss the research process so far: the topic’s background and literature review, purposeful participant recruitment, Participatory Action Research (Greenwood & Levin, 2005; Kemmis & McTaggart, 2005; Torres, 2004), data gathering and initial findings and how they may contribute to early childhood education as a whole and specifically to teaching for social justice. However, this research is a work in progress as data gathering has only recently been completed and synthesis and thorough analysis are now in progress.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting copyright advice.
Depositing User: Ms Karen Hawkins
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2008 02:45
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 04:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood education, teaching for social justice, children's literature, collaborative research
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3752

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