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Taking a child-centred view of education and learning, this multidisciplinary exploration of childhood shows how children make sense of the world through everything they come into contact with, and all their interactions. The book takes a broad assessment of all children’s roles and experiences, covering a diverse range of topics including:
Sandra Smidt depicts children as symbol users, role-players, investigators and creative thinkers, and follows children's progress in forming their understanding of their environment, asking questions about it, and expressing it through music, dance, art and constructive play.
1. Children and Childhoods 2. The Child as Meaning Maker 3. The Child as Social Constructor 4. The child as Creative Thinker 5. The Child as Symbol User and Symbol Weaver 6. The Child in Culture 7. The Child as Role-Maker 8. The Child as Investigator 9. More than Neurones