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Democratic Spaces for Early Learning Module 1 is rooted in ideas shared by Suzanne Axelsson about fostering democracy with young children in early learning spaces. This is the first of a four-part series about creating democratic spaces in early learning programs and classrooms.

In Part 1 of this series, we critically consider:

  • What is democracy?
  • What are democratic spaces in early learning programs and classrooms?

Suzanne Axelsson is an educator, university professor, presenter, and early childhood consultant. She also inspires educators throughout the world through her blog Interaction Imagination.

This module includes:

  1. Five video presentations
  2. Four interactive reflection activities
  3. Options for progressing through the course as an individual, or with an in-person or virtual learning group (staff group, student group, community of learning, etc).

Using this module with a learning group

This community of learning module is suitable for individual learning. In addition, this module is adaptable to on-line or in-person group professional learning. When used by a group, whether meeting face-to-face or online, each participant will need writing tools to write and/or complete the PDF reflections and print their responses to the questions for use with the group. 

Facilitators will need to preview this course to determine whether or not, in their context, some of the reflection tools or resources will need to be printed for participants before coming together as a group. For convenience, all the resource materials are available under the Materials tab above. 

How much time does this module take? 

This module offers 60-90 minutes of professional learning.

If used with an in-person or virtual learning group, the time is flexible based on group discussion time and time alloted for completing individual reflections.

Terms of use: 

This module is copyrighted by Early Learning Café. Each purchase entitles the purchaser unlimited access for educational purposes within their organization and is not to be shared electronically. Business-for-profit use is prohibited. See Terms of Use for details.


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