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The Well of Being: Childhood, Subjectivity, and Education
     

The Well of Being: Childhood, Subjectivity, and Education

by David Kennedy
 

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Offers a sweeping review of conceptions of and approaches to childhood.

In this wide-ranging work, David Kennedy undertakes a philosophically grounded analysis of the history of childhood, the history of adulthood, and their interrelationship. Using themes and perspectives from the history of childhood, mythology, psychoanalysis, art, literature,

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Offers a sweeping review of conceptions of and approaches to childhood.

In this wide-ranging work, David Kennedy undertakes a philosophically grounded analysis of the history of childhood, the history of adulthood, and their interrelationship. Using themes and perspectives from the history of childhood, mythology, psychoanalysis, art, literature, philosophy, and education, the author locates the experience of childhood across all stages of the human life cycle, and thereby weighs its transformative potential for human culture. He offers a nuanced approach to child study that raises issues about how adults see children and how children see themselves, which could lead to a qualitatively different system of teacher preparation—a system that views the child as participant rather than object in the structure of social reproduction. This sweeping review of conceptions of and approaches to childhood yields a profound vision of what schooling should be like.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791468258
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
SUNY series, Early Childhood Education: Inquiries and Insights Series
Pages:
247
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

David Kennedy is Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University.

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