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Children’s Participation in Preschool Documentation Practices
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2230-4772
2013 (English)In: 23rd EECERA Conference: Values, culture and contexts: Abstract book, 2013Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Research aims

The aim of this research is to study children’s participation in preschool documentation practices and the role of artefacts such as computers, toys and children’s crafts in these practices. In this paper I will use data from videorecordings of documentation practices in a Swedish preschool in order to analyse how participation is enacted.

Relationship to previous research works

Previous research has focused on either children’s participation or preschool documentation.

Theoretical and conceptual framework

The analysis is inspired by post-humanist theory stressing the intra-action (Barad, 2007) of humans, discourses and material. Agencies emerge through this intra-action, that is; the components do not have agency by/in themselves.

The benefit of the approach is seeing the artefacts involved as contributing to the production of the documentation practice.

Paradigm, methodology and methods

Case study was chosen as a research method, the case here being the documentation activity as well as one specific preschool. Video recording was used as an extractive modality, capturing situations that could be analysed later.

Ethical considerations

To ensure that the study was conducted ethically correct it was vetted by the Central Ethical Review Board. Teachers, parents and children were asked to consent to participating in the study.

Main finding or discussion

The preliminary results evinces that artefacts played an important role for children’s participation. For example, the use of the computer when documenting enabled a child to participate in changing the objective of the documentation.

Implications, practice or policy

The implications of this study for practice are the importance of considering the complexity of relations between children, adults and objects such as computers or toys when focusing on children’s participation in documentation practices.

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Keyword [en]
children’s participation, pedagogical documentation, preschool practice, children’s rights, childhood
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132749OAI: diva2:1048939
23rd EECERA Conference: Values, culture and contexts, Tallinn, Estonia, August 28-31, 2013
Swedish Research Council, 2010-200
Available from: 2016-11-22 Created: 2016-11-22 Last updated: 2016-11-29Bibliographically approved

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