The concept of learner agency recognizes all students, including those in early childhood classrooms, as the main protagonists of their own and others’ learning. Early childhood teachers establish a learning environment that enhances young learners’ sense of agency by developing shared understandings and values about the child as a bearer of rights and a competent learner. They understand that shared perceptions and beliefs need to proceed conversations about structures and procedures.
Through this workshop, participants will construct understandings around young children’s identities and rights and how these beliefs influence the educational context they create for students. Play is explored as a pedagogy where children can direct their own learning and where they experience high degrees of agency and involvement which impacts positively on their engagement.
Going from the ‘what and the why’ to the ‘how’ of learner agency in early childhood classrooms.