The Korean Journal of Human Development

pISSN : 1226-4474

Reinterpretation of the Child’s Right to Participate and Application to the Early Childhood Education and Care Setting

AUTHOR : 이성옥,이순형

INFORMATION : page. 67~88 / 2015 Vol.22 No.3


The object of this study was Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 12, Clause 1, so-called the right to participate. This study was to explore the aim of this provision and to suggest an interpretative concept that could realize the aim better than the concept of the right to participate, and to propose the core contents of the interpretation. For this study, Dworkin’s value-based interpretation theory was used. The findings were as follows. First, the provision corresponded to the right of self-determination of the constitution, so the aim of the provision was to realize the right of the self-determination of the child. Second, it would be better to interpret to conceptualize Article 12, Clause 1 as the right to be heard, not the right to participate in order to realize the children’s right of self-determination. Third, adults’ hearing of the view of the child and normatism as right as core contents of the concept were emphasized. These findings show that teachers or other adults should take the view of the child seriously in the early childhood education and care setting. The implications for future studies and policy proposals were also discussed.

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