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Children and their community: place-based pedagogy


In this workshop we examine children’s identity, of belonging to place, enacting citizenship rights and responsibilities. Place-based pedagogy creates opportunities to become deeply immersed in experiencing the world around us. Learning in these moments is both organic and visceral as there is much to learn from the places we inhabit. We learn from the diversity of people, services, cultures, and landscapes we share in our community, and the intimate relationship with place of our First Nations Peoples. In ‘place’ we learn about ourselves, our capacities, and responsibilities.
This workshop will explore place-based pedagogy from 3 perspectives:
• The rights of the child to be active citizens in their communities
• The benefits of an inquiry led, place-based pedagogical framework to support children’s emerging identities in context with family, centre, neighbourhoods and community
• The influence of place-based pedagogy on community
This day will explore current research which explores the democratic rights of children as civic participants. It will highlight some worthy examples of place-based pedagogy and shifting community perceptions. We will invite you to examine your own community for opportunities to develop place-based relationships and offer sound advice for establishing these practices in your own centre community.

This event is suitable for all early childhood professionals


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