Possibilities and quandaries for young children's active citizenship

Phillips, Louise (2011) Possibilities and quandaries for young children's active citizenship. Early Education and Development, 22 (5). pp. 778-794. ISSN 1040-9289

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Concepts of children's citizenship are highly contested. Contemporary policy and rhetoric increasingly includes the concept of citizenship in relation to children, yet there is considerable ambiguity as to what children's citizenship actually means. Unlike other marginalised groups it is not children claiming citizenship rights for themselves, but adults claiming rights for children on their behalf. Practice or Policy This paper draws from a doctoral study that inquired into possibilities for young children’s active citizenship through analysis of the participation of a class of children aged five to six years in a social justice storytelling program. Possibilities and quandaries for young children's active citizenship are proposed from critical and post-structuralist readings of young children's comments and actions in response to unfair treatment of others experienced through live storytelling. Implications of these possibilities and quandaries are suggested for those who work with young children in early childhood education and citizenship contexts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2011 03:16
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 02:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: children's citizenship; social justice; storytelling
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160602 Citizenship
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390107 Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440802 Citizenship
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940106 Citizenship and National Identity
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10409289.2011.597375
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19212

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