I wonder how many of you in New Zealand have been watching the wonderful British television series titled “The secret life of babies”? This is a fascinating series that shows the power of video as a research tool – one I have very much come to appreciate.
Watch/re-watch this episode: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/content/tvnz/ondemand/shows/t/the-secret-life-of-four-year-olds.html with the lens of working theories in mind.
The concept of working theories offers a positive view of the complex ways in which children were learning to socialise with a new group of same-aged peers. Complement the commentary and interpretations of the researchers watching the video as it unfolded by considering: What were their working theories on how this educational institution functions? What were their working theories about how to make, be, and maintain, friends? Alongside the ABCs, watch two boys negotiate and re-negotiate their friendship and problem-solve important ideas.
Working through these kinds of ideas is complex and provides important dispositions about ways to be a citizen in a democratic society. As the commentary at the beginning notes, the learning – and growing language capacities that accompany learning – that takes place from 4-6 sets children up for adulthood. What more argument do we need for the importance of early childhood education?