Listening as a culture or ethic

“There are (many) examples of how listening to young children permeates every aspect of life or particular early childhood ervices. The significance of such listening – listening as a culture or ethic – goes far beyond these services. We might even say it is potentially revolutionary, for it challenges the whole scene of life and all human relationships; there is much innovative work on listening to young children. But it is, for the moment, more of an exception than the norm; as already noted most work on listening has been with older children and young people. Awareness of the importance of listening, and competence in doing so, is patchy among those many individuals involved in early childhood services. Policies may be contradictory: promoting listening on the one hand, while at the same time requiring standaradisation of practice and outcome that runs counter to listening as a process of openness to thought and difference. It is difficult to see, for example, how listening understood in this way is compatible with detailed and predetermined goals and targets, which are more akin to grasping the child.”

Ref: p.7 Clark, A., Kjorholt, A., Moss, P., (2005). Beyond Listening: Children’s perspectives on early childhood services. Bristol: The Policy Press

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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