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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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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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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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Children at work

According to the book from the Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh (so talking about British history here), “In the past most children had few toys and little time or energy for games. They had to work. In the country Two … Continue reading

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Nordic Childhoods and Early Education

“Cross-cultural study informs us through the juxtaposition of the familiar and the new, the known and the exotic. The best lessons lie in the differences.” (Wagner, p.289) Pointing to chapter 2 of Nordic Childhoods and Early Education, Judith T. Wagner writes: … 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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