The struggle about agency and children’s perspectives: Symposium

Christina Haandbæk Schmidt, Lene S. K. Schmidt, Oline Pedersen, Anette Boye Koch

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Since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was introduced in 1989, there has been a growing interest in Denmark as well as internationally to include the child's perspective in both childhood research and pedagogical practice. This symposium aims to investigate how children’s possibilities of being listened to depend on adults’ interpretation of what is essential and relevant. We focus on how agency comes into being in interactions with the adults and the context of which the child is a part. The three papers in this symposium discuss, respectively, how children’s voices are interpreted and acted upon by pedagogues and parents in the process of ‘settling-in’ in ECEC, how children are expected to show specific sets of sociality in transitions to school, and how manualbased program limit the children's curiosity, agency, and participation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Association - Estoril Congress Centre, Estoril, Portugal
Duration: 30 Aug 2023 → …


ConferenceEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Association
LocationEstoril Congress Centre
Period30/08/23 → …

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