The story so far... a cry for justice: the use of children's literature in facilitating preschoolers' awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues

Hawkins, Karen (2007) The story so far... a cry for justice: the use of children's literature in facilitating preschoolers' awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues. In: AARE 2006: Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference 2006: Engaging Pedagogies, 27-30 Nov 2006, Adelaide, Australia.


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[Abstract]: This paper will outline and discuss qualitative research into the above topic at the time of the conference. The PhD research project will be at the point of beginning to synthesise findings; hence the title “The story so far…”
The aims of the research, guided by interpretative perspectives, hermeneutics and a constructive paradigm, are:
To investigate ways in which children’s literature (picture books) can help preschoolers’ to reflect upon, clarify and articulate their awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues;
To explore whether preschoolers can critically examine children’s literature to identify social injustices;
To identify transformative and productive ways of sharing the teaching/learning experience that work to enhance preschool children’s awareness and understanding of social justice issues through storytime sessions.
The research design is one of Participatory Action Research.
This paper will discuss the research process so far: the topic’s background and literature review, purposeful participant recruitment, methodology, 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 story is a work in progress as data gathering was only recently completed and synthesis and thorough analysis are now in progress. As the title suggests this research story is “To be continued …”

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2008 02:20
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood education, teaching for social justice, collaborative research
Fields of Research : 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)

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