Children’s Self-determination in the Context of Early Childhood Education and Services

Discourses, Policies and Practices

  • Federico Farini
  • Angela Scollan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Federico Farini, Angela Scollan
    Pages 1-20
  3. Practices

  4. Discourses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Evelyn Wandia Corrado, Leena Helavaara Robertson
      Pages 169-186
    3. Miguel Antonio Santillan Torres Torija, Carolina Santillan Torres Torija
      Pages 205-214
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 281-284

About this book


This book investigates the position of young children’s self-determination within a range of social contexts, such as education, social care, mass-media, health, politics, law and the family. It brings to the fore the voices of the children in the present, with their interests, agendas and rights. Based on original primary research, the chapters tackle hegemonic discourses on children’s self-determination as well as current policies and practices. They address a broad range of topics, from the planning of role-play to national policies, from the use of digital technologies for pedagogy to children’s health and well-being, and from democratic practices in the classroom to the preservation of traditional family values. The book presents case studies to unravel how childhood and young children’s self-determination are constructed at the intersection with intergenerational relationships. Coming from different disciplines and using a diverse range of methodological traditions, the contributions in the volume eventually converge to generate a rich, complex and multi-layered analysis of contemporary cultures of childhood and young children’s rights.


self-determination of the child / children’s voices Dialogic teaching video-observation/ voice of the child Play based learning/ child-centered pedagogies Hybrid-transition/ digital learning Relationship centred education / primary schools play-based education / community nursery families / self-determination African Childhoods/ Community-based education special education needs/ Zika epidemic Children’s right legislation Fundamental British Values Education Young children’s participation in Chinese education Trust in education / children’s rights semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Federico Farini
    • 1
  • Angela Scollan
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Health and SocietyUniversity of NorthamptonNorthamptonUK
  2. 2.School of Health and EducationMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-14555-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-14556-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series Online ISSN 2468-8754
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