Civic action and learning with Aboriginal Australian young children

Phillips, Louise, and Moroney, Kerryn (2017) Civic action and learning with Aboriginal Australian young children. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 42 (4). pp. 87-96.

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CIVICS AND CITIZENSHIP ARE increasingly used in early childhood education policy, but what citizenship and civic learning can be for young children is under-researched and lacking definition. Drawing from the Australian findings of the major study Civic action and learning with young children: Comparing approaches in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, this article shares evidence of civic capacities that a community of young Aboriginal Australian children demonstrate in an early childhood education and care centre. Communitarian citizenship theory provides a framework for citizenship that is accessible for young children by focusing on families, communities and neighbourhoods. Cultural readings of illustrative examples on how young Aboriginal children express civic identity, collective responsibility, civic agency, civic deliberation and civic participation are discussed, highlighting how cultural values shape civic action. Links to state and national early childhood curricula are provided to guide others to further support civic learning in early childhood education.

Item ID: 60596
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1839-5961
Keywords: Aboriginal Australian children, citizenship, civic learning
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Funders: The Spencer Foundation
Projects and Grants: The New Civics Initiative Major Grant
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 02:23
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education @ 34%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390199 Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 33%
39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education @ 33%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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