Listening to Young Children
Release Date:09 May 2011

Listening to Young Children

The Mosaic approach

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, National Children's Bureau

Viewing children as 'experts in their own lives', the Mosaic approach offers a creative framework for listening to young children's perspectives through talking, walking, making and reviewing together.

Serving as a tool to ensure that children's views and experiences become the focus for reviewing quality in early childhood provision, it explains how children's own photographs, tours and maps can be joined to interviews and observations to enable adults to gain deeper understandings of young children's lives. This updated second edition builds on the authors' original ground-breaking work, and offers case studies of the Mosaic approach in action, as well as guidance on using and adapt the framework in different settings. The Mosaic approach can also be adapted to work with older children, particularly those with communication difficulties or for whom English is an additional language.

Listening to Young Children is required reading for practitioners in nurseries, children's centres, pre-schools and schools and residential settings. It will also be welcomed by early childhood students and other researchers looking for new theoretical, practical and imaginative ways of listening to young children.

RELATED TOPICS: Education, Preschool Education

The Mosaic approach has been developed with three and four-year-olds in an early childhood institution, and has been successfully adapted to work with children under two, children for whom English is an additional language, practitioners and parents. The approach attempts to find practical ways to contribute to the development of services that are responsive to 'the voice of the child', helping practice to catch up with rhetoric.

It is a multi-method approach in which children's own photographs, tours and maps can be joined to talking and observing to gain a deeper understanding of children's lives.

This book is a very accessible read.

– Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator

Alison Clark is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at The Open University and a visual artist. Her research interests include young children's participation, qualitative research methods, creativity and school design.

Peter Moss is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision, also at the Thomas Coram Research Unit. His research interests lie in children's services, the relationship between gender, care and employment, and radical education.

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