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Author(s): Correia, N.
Carvalho, H.
Fialho, A.
Aguiar, C.
Date: 2020
Title: Teachers’ practices mediate the association between teachers’ ideas and children’s perceived participation in early childhood education
Volume: 108
ISSN: 0190-7409
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104668
Keywords: Right to participate
Early childhood education
Teachers' ideas
Teachers' practices
Children's perceived participation
Abstract: Participation is a fundamental right of all children. Its promotion is considered a key investment in children’s well-being, crucial to support high-quality early childhood education (ECE). In this study we aimed to investigate if ECE teachers’ ideas on children’s participation were associated with children’s perceived participation, analysing the mediating role of teachers’ practices and dimensions of process quality. Participants in this quantitative study were 336 children (163 boys) aged between 44 and 84 months, and 58 ECE teachers (all female) aged between 26 and 60 years old, from 24 randomly selected ECE centres in Lisbon metropolitan area. Using multilevel modelling, given the hierarchical structure of data, we found that ECE teachers’ ideas about participation do influence children’s perceived participation, through teachers’ perceived practices. Further, ECE teachers’ perceived participation practices were associated with children’s perceived participation, through observed participation practices and observed process quality. This study suggests the interdependence of the subjective and objective properties of ECE classrooms, and how both should inform our understanding of the conditions needed to promote children’s participation.
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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