A dynamic forum focused on the experience of childhood and the process of learning

“What is life?’ is our research. The child is the first great researcher. Children are born searching for the meaning of life in relation to others and to the world. Children are searching for the meaning of their existence and the meaning of conversation and customs.”

-Carlina Rinaldi

Children as Researchers

We believe that children are researchers by nature and that they engage in research in some of the following ways:

Children’s curiosity leads to action that is research. They respond to their own spoken or unspoken questions, engaging with these questions at length or sometimes briefly. What is this thing before me? What will happen if I act upon it? Will the same thing happen every time I act upon it?

Children observe carefully and test their theories by interacting with the world.
Children engage in research with anything around them: people and relationships, family roles, friendships, their bodies and senses, objects in their world, the natural environment, animals, physical phenomena, how things work, etc.



Seeing Children - a multi-year Minnesota Initiative

Documentation and Articles

One Seed, One Child
Documentation by Patti Rose Loftus

Key Words: Image of the Child, Nature, Reflection, Pre-K, Documentation, Learning Story, Children as researchers, Teachers as researches
Arts 25 Research
Work by Saint Paul Public Schools

Key Words: Collaboration, Public Schools, Community, Image of the child, Project Work, Civic Engagement, Pre-K, Diversity, Documentation, Hundred languages/Arts, Place Matters, Nature and Science, Math, Literacy, Learning Story, Children as researchers, Teachers as researchers
The Butterfly Study 
Documentation by Michele Walsh and Lani Shapiro

Key Words: Project Work, Pre-K, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Hundred Languages/Arts, Transformations, Nature and Science, Literacy, Diversity, Public Schools, Co-Construction of curriculum, Learning Story
Field Trip Reflections 
Documentation of a fall visit to Wolsfeld Woods by Patti Rose Loftus

Key Words: Pre-K, Nature and Science, Transformation, Place Matters, Children in Groups, Hundred Languages/Arts, Project Work, Documentation, Learning Story

"Your Baby Is Smarter Than You Think"
A 2009 New York Times article by Alison Gopnik

Key Words: Infants, Brain, Research, Image of the Child,  Video

All content and articles may be used for educational purposes with proper citation (Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License).

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