Category Archives: The effect of multimedia on children/childhood

Child and wild animal – food for thought

“During nearly all the history of our species man has lived in association with large, often terrifying, but always exciting animals. Models of the survivors, toy elephants, giraffes and pandas, are an integral part of contemporary childhood. If all these … Continue reading

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“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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Ethical relationships take time

“In a climate of ‘instantaneous time’, ‘frenzied families’ and ‘time-poor subjects’ where the fragility of bodies and social relations may be all too apparent, the conscious cultivation of slowness may be a salutary reminder of how our rhythms and routines have … Continue reading

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A paperless library

I just came across a blog by Mary E Pearson (author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox) in which she mentions a “New England high school that was going [paper] bookless in their library.” I can’t access the full article myself, … Continue reading

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“Men are suddenly nomadic gatherers of knowledge”

I like this phrase! Lawrence Quill attributes it to “that prophet of technology, Marshall McLuhan” (p.338), quoting him as saying: “…with electricity and automation, the technology of fragmented processes suddenly fuses with the human dialogue and the need for over-all consideration of human unity. Men … Continue reading

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Education, citizenship, knowledge economies and ‘The Disappearance of Adulthood’

I quite enjoyed this article… there were parts of it I wanted to question him further on, but lots of it that just made a pile of sense… these are those bits: Lawrence Quill writes: “In 1982, Neil Postman wrote The … Continue reading

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(seriously) excessive TV viewing in childhood is associated with increased antisocial behavior in early adulthood

I haven’t had a chance to read this through, but the abstract alone is pretty eye-catching… (and its a New Zealand study!) In a study published this year, Lindsay A. Robertson, Helena M. McAnally and Robert J. Hancox write: “abstract … Continue reading

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Summing up a critical study of the movie, Twilight, Alison Happel & Jennifer Esposito conclude that popular culture must be seen as education and critically studied as such – totally in line with my thoughts! They write: “Because we understand education … Continue reading

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A discussion about observation – how, what and why

In an online (freely available) journal called Early Childhood Research and Practice (edited by Lilian Katz, Jean Mendoza, and Susan Fowler), there is an article on ‘the importance of observation in early education’ (http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v7n2/forman.html). Authors, George Forman & Ellen Hall, … Continue reading

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“Gun play and why children need it” – Rich and Brownlee

Diane Rich explains: “The themes that children choose to play do not all involve nurses, mums and dads, princes and princesses. There are nasty things too: monsters, ghost, baddies and, inevitably, weapons of all sorts.” (Rich, p.1 – on my … Continue reading

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