The story so far... the use of children’s literature in facilitating preschoolers’ awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues

Hawkins, Karen (2007) The story so far... the use of children’s literature in facilitating preschoolers’ awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues. In: ARECE 2007: 15th Annual Conference of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 23 - 25 Jan 2007, Monash University, Peninsular Campus, Frankston, Victoria.


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[Abstract]: This paper will outline and discuss qualitative research into the above topic at the time of the ARECE 2007 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 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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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2008 01:55
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2013 00:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: teaching for social justice, early childhood education, children's literature
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)

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