"As I got to learn it got fun": Children's reflections on their first year of school

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Abstract

There has been a great deal of recent interest in children's voices in research about starting school. This paper describes one strategy used by the Starting School Research Project to engage children as research partners in discussions about starting school. Children from three Kindergarten (first year of school) classes were asked to reflect on how they had changed over their first year of school by thinking about what they were like when they started school, and comparing that to what they were like at the end of the school year. They were encouraged to draw representations of themselves at each of these times and to add a brief comment. The data on which this paper is based consists of the reflective drawings and comments from 52 children. Analysis of these indicate that children have a clear view of themselves within the context of school and distinct notions of the ways in which they have changed. Much of their focus is directed towards dispositions-such as having friends and how they feel about school-and to their increasing school-based knowledge. Implications for practice are drawn from the children's perspectives of their first year at school.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAARE2004
Subtitle of host publicationDoing the public good
EditorsPeter L Jeffery
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAARE
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference: AARE 2004 - Brisbane, Australia, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 01 Dec 200205 Dec 2002

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Association for Research in Education Conference
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period01/12/0205/12/02

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