7043 - Early Childhood Education: tenuous boundaries between learning processes and peer culture

Recent international and national research both on Early Childhood Education (ECE) and on Social Studies of Childhood show us young children as competent to be protagonist of their learning, producing and reproducing culture, from adult society and with peers, in an interdependent relation. Moreover, e arly childhood education is different from primary school because has to consider children’s play and social development, in proposing projects and meaningful, relevant and contextualized activities . That is to say that curriculum in early childhood education is as a set of practices that seek to articulate children’s experience and knowledge and the society’s cultural, artistic, scientific and technological knowledge , as Brazilian legislation determines. So, the boundaries between learning and peer culture are, supposedly, on adults hands, when educators decide which contents are representative of learning or not. The paper presents and discusses some issues about the tenuous boundaries between young children’s learning processes and peer culture.

Keywords: peer culture, learning, young children, ECE, social studies of childhood

Author: Nascimento, Maria Leticia (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil / Brasilien)


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