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Reflections Magazine : Reflections Magazine Issue 51
15 REFLECTIONS • GOWRIE AUSTRALIA • WINTER 2013 - ISSUE 51 The benefits of involving children in problem solving are many, and easily address the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Outcomes. Through involvement in problem solving, children have opportunities to: • Develop their sense of confidence, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency, to feel supported and to interact with others with care, empathy and respect as all contributions are accepted and valued (EYLF 1). • Develop a sense of belonging to groups as they contribute to the problem solving process, respond to diversity with respect as they listen to the ideas of others, and become aware of fairness as they take turns to contribute and engage in the process of choosing and evaluating possible solutions (EYLF 2). • Become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing as they demonstrate trust and confidence in the problem solving process, working collaboratively with others, self regulating and managing their emotions as issues are addressed (EYLF 3). • Develop dispositions for learning such as cooperation, creativity, enthusiasm, persistence and imagination, as well as skills and processes related to problem solving, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating, and have practise at transferring and adapting what they learn from one context to another as solutions from one problem are adapted to another situation (EYLF 4). • Interact verbally with others (as both speakers and listeners) as problems are discussed, and to go on to express ideas in a range of ways as solutions are implemented (EYLF 5). Problem solving does take time and commitment on the part of adults, but it provides valuable opportunities to make significant impacts on the quality of the group experience. References: Dept of Education, Employments and Workplace Relations. (2009). Belonging, Being and Becoming; The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia . Commonwealth of Australia. Knudsen, M. (2006). Library Lion. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. Laevers, F. (2012). 'Pointing the compass to wellbeing -- why and with what kind of result', Every Child, 18 (3),26-27. NQS PLP e-Newsletter No.43, 2012. <http://www.earlychildhoodaus- tralia.org.au/nqsplp/> Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2005). 'Quality Interactions in the Early Years', Birth to Eight Matters! Seeking Seamlessness - Continuity? Integration? Creativity? TACTYC Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK. <http://www.tactyc.org.uk/pdfs/2005conf_siraj.pdf>
Reflections Magazine Issue 52