Different children's perspectives on their learning environment
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Special Needs Education, ISSN 0885-6257, E-ISSN 1469-591X, Vol. 32, no 2, 191-203 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article reports and discusses findings from an ethnographic case study, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of how different children perceive their learning environment in the first grade of primary school, with regard to social as well as academic aspects. The theoretical framework is based on an interactional perspective, where children’s learning and development are considered to take place in a dynamic and ecological system. The reported results are based on interviews with 16 children, and observed teaching situations during the first year of primary school. Research among children demands special ethical considerations, such as how to avoid questions and interest from the researcher affecting the position of children being vulnerable in some way. The findings show that, within a group of children, facing a similar learning environment, there are significant differences between the experiences expressed. The findings presented support the importance of listening to children when planning educational settings. Listening to and taking into account the children’s different voices is an essential part of research and education that strives for inclusion, learning and well-being of all children
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 32, no 2, 191-203 p.
Bio-ecological theory; children’s perspective; ethnographic methods; inclusive education; learning environment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-35090DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2016.1216633ISI: 000396842300002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84980410014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-35090DiVA: diva2:1085565