SESSION #8: Increasing Agency to Positively Impact Children’s Ideas About Learning
The latest HighScope Roundtable series, inspired by the book Segregation by Experience: Agency, Racism, and Learning in the Early Grades (2021, University of Chicago Press) will delve into a groundbreaking study on equity and agency in the early childhood classroom.
This session welcomes Ms. Bailey, the researchers/authors of Segregation by Experience, and two of the children from Ms. Bailey’s class who are now 16 years old. The epilogue describes how the authors gathered students from Ms. Bailey’s class six years after the authors began their research; the students, Mary, Max, Diana, Lorene, Celeste, Samuel, and Charlie, had grown up to be 12- and 13-year-olds. They were shown the film made six years before and were asked similar questions to those asked in the study. The authors/researchers shared what was written in this book and told them how negatively people had responded to the practices in the film. They had a lot to say about how people responded to their film and to all who care about education and the futures of Brown and Black children. The epilogue is almost entirely in their words, and to close out the Roundtable series, we will hear from them about the impact teachers can make on how children see and understand themselves as learners.