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Engaging with young children’s voices: implications for practitioners’ pedagogical practice

Shaw, Patricia A.



The paper seeks to extend the knowledge and understanding of how engaging with young children’s voices in a meaningful way, can alter practitioners’ pedagogical practice and thus create environments for learning that are more inclusive. It draws on the findings of a research study that explored practitioners’ (teachers, nursery nurses and teaching assistants) views about engaging with young children’s voices of perceived notions of inclusion in pedagogical activities in the early years classes of two schools in the North of England. It adopted a qualitative methodological approach that operates within constructivist and interpretivist paradigms. The study revealed that practitioners retain some resistance to responding to the voices of young children and that internal and external pressures influence their decision-making. Moreover, it signifies the necessity for greater emphasis on the importance of engaging with children’s voices in the training of newly qualified teachers, and the ongoing professional development for all practitioners in early childhood education.


Shaw, P. A. (2019). Engaging with young children’s voices: implications for practitioners’ pedagogical practice. Education 3-13, 49(7), 806-818.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 26, 2019
Online Publication Date May 27, 2019
Publication Date May 28, 2019
Deposit Date May 28, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 28, 2020
Journal Education 3-13
Print ISSN 0300-4279
Electronic ISSN 1475-7575
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 49
Issue 7
Pages 806-818
Keywords Early childhood education; Child voice; Pedagogy; Professional development; Teacher education; Inclusion
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Received: 2019-04-19; Accepted: 2019-04-26; Published: 2019-05-27


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