Childhood in Society for the Early Years
Childhood can only be understood in relation to the multitude of social factors which surround it. This accessible text explores children's place within society through an examination of the different contexts within which a child exists. It begins by looking at the child within the family and goes on to examine the child within the educational setting, the community, the nation and other contexts. This Second Edition includes a new chapter 'The context of partnership: children in transition' and considers the impact of recent changes including initiatives such as the Tickell Review, Field Report and Allen Report.
Rory McDowall Clark originally trained as a nursery and primary teacher in Brighton and has a wide range of experience in broader social contexts including community development with charities, voluntary organisations and outreach youth work. Rory worked as an educational consultant for Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council before taking up a post in the Centre for Early Childhood at University of Worcester where she has been a senior lecturer for the past 10 years. She has an MA in Sociology: Contemporary Studies and her research interests include gender, cultural views of the child and continuing professional development.
The Context of Childhood: Social Understanding of Childhood The Historical Context: The Emergence of Childhood The Context of the Family: First Experiences The Context of the Setting: Childhood Institutions The Context of Partnership: Children in Transition The Community Context: Children as Citizens The National Context: Children and Social Policy The Global Context: International Perspectives The Child's Own Context: The Child's Voice and Agency The Future Context: The 21st Century Child