Tag Archives: the image of the child

Children’s participation in research

Introducing her research into the nature of children’s playground games and rhymes in the new media age, Jackie Marsh describes her views on children’s participation in research. It makes for interesting discussion: “Building on the work of the new sociology … Continue reading

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Behavior and self-image

“The behavior of human beings is firmly based on the self-image they have made for themselves. Accordingly, if one wishes to change one’s behavior, it will be necessary to change this image. What is a self-image? I wouild argue that … Continue reading

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Playing within

“All evidence indicates that the greatest rewards of play come when it arises naturally from within. When play arises out of innate motivations it is also likely timed to occur when we are primed for the most synaptic growth.” (p.104) … 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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“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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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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‘superficial happy endings’

There is an article I really like on children’s conflict that analyses a group of children’s use of social structures (already in place) to enjoy agency in their world. She considers children’s adoption of gendered and learner identities in this … Continue reading

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Children’s power and a ‘community centered’, rather than ‘child-centered’, curriculum

http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/ I am still going through a pile of interesting articles I printed out ages ago. In that pile, was an article by Yoon-Joo Lee and Susan L Recchia on power in an early childhood classroom. I confess to being … Continue reading

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Steiner quotes

There were a couple of Rudolph Steiner quotes that appealed to me a while ago: “The child becomes what the environment is.” (p.6) “The child is a perfect mimic: thus it is our task to make ourselves worthy of imitation. … Continue reading

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