Children learn within communities

“Each community to which a child belongs…, provides opportunities for new learning to be fostered: for children to reflect on alternative ways of doing things; make connections across time and place; establish different kinds of relationship; and encounter different points of view. These experiences enrich children’s lives and provide them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to tackle new challenges.”[1]

On top of this, “limited opportunities to be part of the world of adults may restrict children’s understandings of the mature roles of the community”[2]

[1] P9 Ministry of Education (1996) Te Whariki: He Whariki Matauranga mo nga Mokopuna o Aotearoa Early Childhood Curriculum. Learning Media: Wellington

[2] P199 Helen Hedges, Joy Cullen, Barbara Jordan (2010) ‘Early Years curriculum: funds of knowledge as a conceptual framework for children’s interests’ Journal of Curriculum Studies 43(2), 185-205

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About backyardbooks

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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