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The Busker's Guide to Participation, Second Edition

The Busker's Guide to Participation, Second Edition

Philip Waters, illustrated by Chris Bennett

Part of the The Busker's Guides series

Quick Overview

Learn why participation should be more than a buzzword in children's settings with the second edition of this popular book. Engaging us to understand why participation is important when interacting with children, the information and advice in this helpful guide will give you the know-how to authentically carry out this child-centred approach.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 6.69in x 4.72in / 170mm x 120mm, 72pp
ISBN: 9781785920233
2016, ePUB, 72pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-269-0
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"Participation? Of course we do - every Wednesday without fail..."

· What is participation?
· What's the difference between 'adult-led' and 'child-led' participation?
· And do we really need to do it at all?

This second edition of The Busker's Guide to Participation sets out to help us understand our values and reasons for undertaking participation with children and young people. It shows us what authentic participation really looks like, helping us to get to grips with the ways we can positively support, interact, engage, include, involve and communicate with children and young people on all levels. Learn how to move away from simply 'doing' participation for participation's sake, and start to see participation as a 'way of being' for the benefit of everyone involved.


'Busker's Guides are new to me here Down-Under and I am hooked. This humorous, no-nonsense guide to relational pedagogy honours children, reminding adults to 'let go of the stick'. As an early childhood activist research I highly recommend this book. A must read!'
- Janette Kelly, Waikato University, New Zealand

'This is an excellent book for both practitioners and communities. A good mix of theory and activities to help you understand how people approach participation and ways in which you can keep them engaged. One to keep in your back pocket at all times.'
- Dr Juliet Rose, Communities Programme Manager, Eden Project


By (author): Philip Waters
Illustrated by: Chris Bennett