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Unravelling children’s “freedom of choice”

Alison Stephenson

This article is offered as a provocation for teachers, encouraging them to reflect on underlying assumptions about the ways in which resources for children’s learning are managed. The article explores how the familiar notion of children’s “freedom of choice” was played out in a centre. It describes how, within the apparent freedom, teacher controls set parameters around the range of available resources and children’s access to them, and defined how they might be used.

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