Video online: Shaping curricula through pedagogical innovation: facilitation of young children’s narratives in the classroom

Scollan, Angela ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Video online: Shaping curricula through pedagogical innovation: facilitation of young children’s narratives in the classroom. In: Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS) Childhood and Society Seminar, 22 Mar 2021, Middlesex University (online & recorded). . [Conference or Workshop Item]


This presentation discusses data produced through the video-observation of workshops in two Primary Schools in London. The workshops were part of an action-research project for a doctoral research and took place in one Year 3 class and one Reception class in each school. The action-research implemented children’s collection and production of photographs related to their own memories and life stories. During workshops, children were invited to share and negotiate their memories in the classroom, starting from the presentation of photographs related to those memories. Children’s narratives were supported by facilitative techniques aimed to promote dialogic interactions. Facilitation enables children and teachers to make significant contributions to learning, supporting children’s thinking in moving forward creatively and independently through different areas of teaching and learning, in particular in oral communication, PSE, Intercultural Education and Citizenship.

A pivotal phase of any action-research consists in the evaluation of the intervention, in the case of this doctoral research the evaluation concerns the facilitation of children’s active participation in the workshops. Based on the analysis of video-data, this presentation considers an important aspect of facilitation: facilitators’ comment on children’s narratives. Using examples from workshop interactions, the presentation argues that a type of facilitators’ comments, narrative comments, is particularly effective during workshops to support children’s participation and production of narratives. Narrative comments are stories produced by facilitators concerning his or her personal experiences that are somehow connected to the ongoing child’s narratives. Narrative comments aim to create trust, interpersonal connections, and dialogic opportunities. The presentation will argue that personal comments can support facilitation to achieve a form of rights-based pedagogy where children’s voices are promoted and empowered.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Presentation)
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
Item ID: 33977
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Depositing User: Angela Scollan
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2021 10:22
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 10:22

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