Character development of preschool children through participation in domestic work: a case study of four boys in rural Slovenia

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Abstract

In Slovenia, the notion of educational work impacting character development dates at least to the pedagogy of the Enlightenment period. By introducing the concept of educational work – ascribing cultural value to children’s participation in work – we can better grasp how preschool children engaging in domestic work learn through active participation, observation and play. This study examines the educational value of work in a contemporary Slovenian rural setting, where children are daily exposed to various work. Considering children’s motivation to participate and learn through social interactions, childrearing practices, and meanings attributed to work in different political, social and economic contexts work can be seen simultaneously as a powerful socializing agent, a potential disciplining instrument and as meaningful activity integral to human existence.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3542
Number of pages17
JournalAnthropoChildren
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • socialization
  • early childhood
  • work
  • play
  • learning through observation

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology

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