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Making oneself heard: Children's experiences of empowerment in Swedish preschools
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (ICU)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6223-1109
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (ChiP)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5904-1390
2015 (English)In: Early Child Development and Care, ISSN 0300-4430, E-ISSN 1476-8275, Vol. 185, no 4, 580-595 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Children’s experiences of empowerment in relation to preschool peers and in child–adult interactions were studied, involving 25 four-to six-year-olds from four Swedish preschools. Group interviews using puppets comprised pre-constructed scenarios to examine preschools’ activities. Children took photos of indoor and outdoor preschool environments, followed by a photo-elicitation interview. Data were analysed by content analysis. Results showed that authority was expressed in relation to teachers and parents. Children negotiated about handling situations and described relations with teachers as uncomplicated; the contrary was the case with peers. Structure meant that children could choose between courses of action within set frames, describing empowerment as decision-making within limitations. Results indicated the importance of preschool teachers stimulating children to reflect on their own ability by discussing issues concerning children’s sense of empowerment, using methods similar to the ones in this study.

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2015. Vol. 185, no 4, 580-595 p.
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Social Sciences Educational Sciences
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-26612DOI: 10.1080/03004430.2014.940931ISI: 000354256000006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84924269436OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-26612DiVA: diva2:765768
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Making your voice heard - children's empowerment in preschool
Available from: 2014-11-25 Created: 2014-11-25 Last updated: 2017-09-20

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