The story so far... the use of children’s literature in facilitating preschoolers’ awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues

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Hawkins, Karen. 2007. "The story so far... the use of children’s literature in facilitating preschoolers’ awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues." ARECE 2007: 15th Annual Conference of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education. Frankston, Australia 23 - 25 Jan 2007
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The story so far... the use of children’s literature in facilitating preschoolers’ awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues

Presentation TypePaper
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AuthorHawkins, Karen
Number of Pages11
Year2007
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.education.monash.edu.au/research/arece/docs/arece2007-program.pdf
Conference/EventARECE 2007: 15th Annual Conference of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education
Event Details
ARECE 2007: 15th Annual Conference of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education
Event Date
23 to end of 25 Jan 2007
Event Location
Frankston, Australia
Event Venue
Monash University, Peninsular Campus
Abstract

[Abstract]: This paper will outline and discuss qualitative research into the above topic at the time of the ARECE 2007 conference. The PhD research project will be at the point of beginning to synthesise findings; hence the title 'The story so far…'
The aims of the research, guided by interpretative perspectives, hermeneutics and a constructive paradigm, are:
To investigate ways in which children’s literature (picture books) can help preschoolers’ to reflect upon, clarify and articulate their awareness of, and sensitivities to social justice issues;
To explore whether preschoolers can critically examine children’s literature to identify social injustices;
To identify transformative and productive ways of sharing the teaching/learning experience that work to enhance preschool children’s awareness and understanding of social justice issues through storytime sessions.
The research design is Participatory Action Research.
This paper will discuss the research process so far: the topic’s background and literature review, purposeful participant recruitment, methodology, data gathering and initial findings and how they may contribute to early childhood education as a whole and specifically to teaching for social justice. However, this research story is a work in progress as data gathering was only recently completed and synthesis and thorough analysis are now in progress. As the title suggests this research story is 'To be continued …'

Keywordsteaching for social justice, early childhood education, children's literature
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
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