Monthly Archives: March 2012

Movement and Dance in young children’s lives

looks interesting! Movement and Dance in young children’s lives: crossing the divide (2011) – by Adrienne Samson. Extract and book available from Peter Lang. Samson writes: “The intent of this book is to look at the place of movement in … Continue reading

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Understanding some of the moral shifts behind children’s literature as a genre

“…in children’s literature today, the Gothic is mainstream. This movement toward children’s Gothic is an extraordinary development, given that, as Dale Townshend argues in The Haunted Nursery, children’s literature emerged as a genre largely in reaction to the popularity of … Continue reading

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Are children safe at home?

In a study of children’s perceptions of and responses to risk and safety in North Belfast, Madeleine Leonard writes: “One of the primary settings for children’s daily lives is the home. According to Bronfenbrenner (1979), children’s first experience of the … Continue reading

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“Bringing Environmentalism Home”

“How do children contribute to a sustainable world? Do they mind what foodstuffs their family buys, or their usage of water, electricity and transportation? Can they learn to take responsibility not only for their own actions, but also for their family’s consumption … Continue reading

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The benefits of promoting autonomy in children

Research suggests that “…children denied sufficient autonomy will struggle to gain coping skills, undermining their resilience and sense of self-efficacy.” (138) “The recent UNICEF overview of child well-being in 21 countries found that those countries whose children enjoy comparatively high … Continue reading

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Reducing the symptoms of ADD with more green space to play in

“…controlled studies in the United States have shown that regular contact with outdoor spaces reduces the symptoms of attention deficit disorder in children, and that the greener the space, the bigger the beneficial effect (Taylor and others, 2001).” (137) “Children … Continue reading

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It’s not that children grow up faster these days…

“Cultural commentators often say that children today grow up faster than they used to. As a statement about their everyday autonomy, this could hardly be further from the truth. The boundaries between adult culture and children’s culture may be becoming … Continue reading

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Speech helps us clarify our thinking

“Speech is not just a matter of communication; it also helps us clarify our thinking.  When children learn to speak, they do not just acquire a means of expressing their thoughts and feelings; they also find a way to sort … Continue reading

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The benefits of new and different perspectives on child development

“In calling for new and different perspectives on child development, it is possible not only to change the way we think about children and how they learn but also to change the nature of the early childhood institution. For instance, … Continue reading

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Moving the lens towards how the culture of the ECE institution fits with the culturally and linguistically diverse communities which it serves

“We have also not taken account of the linguistic and interactional patters that feature amony many cultures outside the western world. Similarly, we have not problematized dominant cultural assumptions about what happens in the home among families before and during … Continue reading

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