The unpredictable outbreak of the pandemic has enhanced a narrative of the child as a medium of learning, which undermines children’s agency.
In their research article ‘The child as a medium. Breakdown and possible resurgence of children’s agency in the era of pandemic’, Sara Amadasi and Claudio Baraldi show how it is possible to encourage and investigate children’s exercise of agency in schools by the use of digital platforms. Their conclusions are based on the example of the research project CHILD-UP (Children Hybrid Integration: Learning Dialogue as a way of Upgrading policies of Participation).
Even though the CHILD-UP project was not designed for the specific aim of contrasting the negative effects of the pandemic on children’s agency, its realisation provided an opportunity to reintroduce children’s agency in schools and to support structural flexibility in the education system.