More young children than ever before are spending their time in some form of early childhood service. But how do we know what they think about it? While there has been a move to take children's views into account more generally, very little attention has been given to listening to young children below the age of six or seven.
This book is the first of its kind to focus on listening to young children, both from an international perspective and through combining theory, practice and reflection. With contributions and examples from researchers and practitioners in six countries it examines critically how listening to young children in early childhood services is understood and practised.
Each chapter is rooted in the everyday lives of young children and presents a range of actual experiences for students and practitioners to draw from. Beyond listening goes further to address key questions emerging from early childhood services and research. These are What do we mean by listening? Why listen? How do we listen to young children? What view of the child do different approaches to listening presume? What risks does listening entail for young children?
The authors are leading experts in this area of rapidly growing interest and have themselves developed innovative methods such as the Mosaic approach, which is discussed in the book.
Alison Clark is Research Officer at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. Anne Trine Kjorholt is Associate Professor and Director of the Norwegian Centre for Child Research at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology, Norway. Peter Moss is Professor of Early Childhood Provision at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.
Introduction ~ Peter Moss, Alison Clark and Anne Trine Kjorholt; Documentation and assessment: what is the relationship? ~ Carlina Rinaldi; Ways of seeing: using the Mosaic approach to listen to young children's perspective ~ Alison Clark; Participant observation: a way to learn about children's perspectives ~ Hanne Warming; From children's point of view: methodological and ethical challenges ~ Brit Johanne Eide and Nina Winger; Channels for listening to young children and parents ~ Valerie Driscoll and Caron Rudge; Small voices ... powerful messages ~ Linda Kinney; Beyond listening: can assessment practice play a part? ~ Margaret Carr, Carolyn Jones and Wendy Lee; The competent child and 'the right to be oneself': reflections on children as fellow citizens in an early childhood centre ~ Anne Trine Kjorholt; Beyond listening: future prospects ~ Anne Trine Kjorholt, Peter Moss and Alison Clark.