Childhood through the eyes of the child and parent

Sorin, Reesa (2007) Childhood through the eyes of the child and parent. Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, 14 (1). pp. 1-18.

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Views of children and childhood vary historically, culturally and individually. While historic views positioned children as either evil (products of their parents' intimacy) or innocent (passive and in need of nurturing) (Branscombe, Castle, Dorsey, Surbeck & Taylor, 2000), a number of other images of childhood have emerged. In 2005, taking a reconceptualist perspective and examining written and visual documents and emergent data, Sorin and Galloway developed a Typology of ten Constructs of Childhood, These are: the child as innocent, the child as evil, the child as miniature adult, the child as adult-in-training, the noble/saviour child, the commodified child, the snowballing child, the out-of-control child, the child as victim and the agentic child. This paper uses the typology to examine data collected through parent and child interviews in Canada and in Australia.

Item ID: 2679
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1838-0689
Keywords: childhood; agency; constructions of childhood; reconceptualism; reconceptualising childhood; agentic childhood; images of children and childhood; early childhood pedagogy
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Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2009 23:53
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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