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Emotional geographies

Introducing a special issue on emotional geographies, Joyce Davidson & Christine Milligan explain: “Recent years have witnessed a welling-up of emotion within geography, a surge of interest reminiscent of the fascination and exploration of embodiment that characterized much social and cultural geography over … Continue reading

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metaphorical and metonymical language use in children with ASD

Reviewing the literature on metaphor and metonymy usage/difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sergio Melogno, Maria Antonietta Pinto, Gabriel Levi write: “Linguistic and communicative difficulties in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are frequently the focus of experimental research. In fact, these … Continue reading

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On moving from underestimating children towards trustful parenting and voluntary education

“I doubt there has ever been a human culture, anywhere, at any time, that underestimates children’s abilities more than we North Americans do today. Our underestimation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, because by depriving children of freedom, we deprive them of … Continue reading

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The educable animal

Peter Gray describes humans as ‘the educable animal’ (p.112) and I found this really interesting, because humans are also described as the storytelling animal… but storytelling is one way in which we meet our educational needs (in terms of education … Continue reading

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Another interesting point from Peter Gray – on how we perceive children

I found this notion of the shifting relationship between mankind and ‘nature’ and how it shapes our notions of child-rearing thought-provoking: “Finally, I’d like to suggest an additional reason for the difference between hunter-gatherers and subsequent societies in child-rearing methods. Agriculture … Continue reading

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Education and hunter-gatherer children

“Education, by my definition, is cultural transmission. It is the set of processes by which each new generation of human beings, in any social group, acquires and builds upon the skills, knowledge, lore, and values – that is, the culture … Continue reading

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Metaphor use by young children

I have been researching metaphor use by young children… Annoyingly, much of the work on children’s use of metaphor seems to focus on their ability to understand and make themselves understood in the adult world (rather than on their own … Continue reading

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The mother is the first of homes for the child

I liked this statement (it’s thought-provocative!): “The mother is the first of homes for the child, the one from which all else unfolds. The body is next. Family and friends, the house, the garden, and nearby surrounds are other and … Continue reading

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A dynamic monument to Auckland’s childhoods

This may seem random, but sorting through old papers, I found a letter I drafted to the Auckland City Council when they declared they would seek suggestions for the use of the Campbell Free Kindergarten building (by Victoria Park). They … Continue reading

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We cannot uncover every thought that influences a child

“We cannot uncover every thought that influences a child. Nor is it necessary. The connections between one event and another will be made in the process of living, at home and at school. In both places the adult who listens … Continue reading

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