Children Deconstructing Childhood

Lowe, R.J. (2012) Children Deconstructing Childhood. Children and Society, 26 (4). pp. 269-279. ISSN 09510605 (ISSN)

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Commentaries on childhood, whilst abundant, largely depend on secondary sources, namely adults. This research attempts to address the question 'what is childhood?' by consulting the primary source - children. This case study, of children attending a day-care centre in the West Midlands, England, adopted research tools that were developed to meet the needs of young children as research participants. Perspectives of childhood were identified and labelled the 'Playful Child', the 'Unknowing Child', the 'Needful Child' and the 'Unauthorised Child'. The findings suggest a necessary review of the role of the early years practitioner, in particular where practitioners are 'playing with' young children. © 2010 The Author(s). Children & Society © 2010 National Children's Bureau and Blackwell Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
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July 2012Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Childhood, Children, Constructing, Deconstructing, Perspectives
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 15:57
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 16:58

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