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Childhood Studies: A Reader in Perspectives of Childhood

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The nature of childhood, the consideration of whether a certain age denotes innocence or not, and the desire to teach good citizenship to our children are all issues commonly discussed by today's media. This book brings together a variety of perspectives on the study of childhood: how this has been treated historically and how such a concept is developing as we move into the next century.
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Overview

The nature of childhood, the consideration of whether a certain age denotes innocence or not, and the desire to teach good citizenship to our children are all issues commonly discussed by today's media. This book brings together a variety of perspectives on the study of childhood: how this has been treated historically and how such a concept is developing as we move into the next century.
The book is divided into five main sections:
* part one sets the scene and provides the reader with an overview of attitudes towards childhood.
* part two surveys the contribution of literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
* part three examines educational issues such as childrens' play, language acquisition and spiritual development

* part four looks at the representation of children in film, television and other mass media
* part five offers further help for study and research
This book draws on a number of academic disciplines including education, literature, theology, language studies and history. It will be of particular use to those on Childhood studies courses and all those studying for a teacher qualification. Teachers of children aged between 4-12 years old will find its contribution to their continuing professional development extremely helpful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415214155
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Mills is very experienced as both a classroom practitioner and lecturer. She is currently Principal Lecturer, Head of the English Department and Programme Leader for the BA in Childhood Studies at Westhill College, University of Birmingham. Richard Mills taught for many years in schools before going on to lecture. He is currently Research Fellow at Westhill College, University of Birmingham. Both Editors have published widely in their fields.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Overview 5
1 Perspective of childhood 7
Pt. 2 Literature 39
2 The child in nineteenth-century literature 41
3 Childhood and twentieth-century children's literature 61
Pt. 3 Education 77
4 Children at play 79
5 Language and thought 97
6 Moral and spiritual growth 113
Pt. 4 Cultural studies 129
7 Race, class and gender 131
8 Children in film 145
Pt. 5 Research 161
9 Uncovering the history of childhood 163
10 Researching childhood 181
Index 197
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