The Development of Reflective Dialogue and Participation in Young Children Through Engagement with Documented Learning Narratives

Researcher(s): Anjali Lockett

Setting(s): Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Status: Published

Anjali Lockett, Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre, has recently published a piece of research investigating how young children’s active, reflective dialogues and metacognitive thinking can be stimulated through engaging with documented learning narratives (learning stories and learning diaries), leading to increased participation in the process of documentation and assessment by the child and transformation of the practitioner researcher’s practice.  The research works within a praxeological paradigm, seeking to uphold values of democracy, ethics and the rights to participation.  The research engages with current discourse on Article 12 of the United Nations rights of the Child, the right for the child to participate in all aspects of decision making and applies this to the researchers own practise in relation to assessing children’s learning and the implications for wider practise amongst the early childhood workforce.