Don't Touch!: The Educational Story of a Panic

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Don't Touch! is the first book in the UK to explore the problems involved in 'touching' children in an educational environment. The book uses real-life examples taken from ground-breaking research into the mentality of today's risk culture, and highlights a maddening state of affairs in which ordinary well-meaning professionals feel they cannot offer even very young children basic levels of comforting or affection.
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"This very timely and worthwhile book deals with the 'moral panic' about professional adults and touch in school education... (it) explores one aspect that will make a difference and should be read by both professionals and policymakers. I applaud it. At around £20 it is worth every penny." — ESCalate

"This is an extremely well-written book. The prologue clearly lays out the chapters and different contributors; the structure is effective with the different case studies demonstrating the increasing absurdity and inapplicability of the existing implicit ‘no touching’ policy in existence in many schools/systems in England (and elsewhere). The comprehensive endnotes and references provided sufficient assistance in helping the reader gain an understanding of the content...The quotes that were included from some of the interview participants and from other references were, I thought, carefully selected and most appropriate."—Ruth Rees, Education Review (July 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415420075
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/5/2008
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Piper is Senior Research Fellow in the Education and Social Research Institute of Manchester Metropolitan University.

Ian Stronach is Research Professor of Education in the Education and Social Research Institute of Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

1 Problematics of touching 1

2 Relationships: ethics committees and research Catherine Scott Scott, Catherine 12

3 The Criminal Records Bureau: policing access to children 23

4 Guidelines and dangerous bodies: the half-closed door 36

5 Saving touch: private parts and public wholes 48

6 Case study: early years settings 68

7 Case study: primary and junior schools Helen Lawson Lawson, Helen 86

8 Case study: secondary schools Helen Bowen Bowen, Helen 96

9 Case study: considering disability John Powell Powell, John 108

10 Case study: Summerhill School- an exception to the rule 120

11 Bonfire of the insanities 135

Notes 148

Bibliography 154

Index 163

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