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An investigation of early childhood education teachers’ attitudes, behaviors, and views regarding the rights of the child

Authors
  • Banko-Bal, Cagla1
  • Guler-Yildiz, Tulin1
  • 1 Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey , Ankara (Turkey)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Publication Date
May 17, 2021
Volume
15
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40723-021-00083-9
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

This study investigates the attitudes, behaviors, and views about the rights of the child of early childhood education (ECE) teachers in Turkey. A mixed-method sequential transformative design was used, and 205 ECE teachers’ attitudes towards children’s rights were analyzed using a quantitative questionnaire. Ten of these ECE teachers were then observed, and their views in terms of the rights of children were elicited through interviews. According to the findings, teachers’ attitudes toward the rights of the child were positive; however, their behaviors and views were not compatible with most of these rights. While teachers were sensitive to the right to protection, they did not meet the requirements of the rights to development, growth, and participation or the principles of best interest and non-discrimination. Educating teachers about the rights of the child plays an important role in enhancing children’s learning and the application of these rights. To support these rights, teachers need to properly understand the rights of the child, how to protect them, and how to reflect these rights in their practices.

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