Discovering the Culture of Childhood

Discovering the Culture of Childhood

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Overview

View the culture of childhood through a whole new lens. Identify age-based bias and expand your outlook on and understanding of early childhood as a culture. Examine various elements of childhood culture: language, belief economics, arts, and social structure to understand children's dispositions of questioning, engagement, and cooperation.

Emily Plank specializes in play-based education, diversity and culture in early childhood education, and outdoor learning. In 2011, the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children identified Emily as one of seven emerging leaders. She earned her bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University. She and her family currently reside in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605544625
Publisher: Redleaf Press
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 522,834
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author


Emily Plank has worked as a family child care provider, mentor, and adult educator, and as a writer and consultant on workshop presentations and interactive keynotes for educators and families. Her specialties include play-based education, diversity and culture in early childhood education, respectful guidance and discipline, and outdoor learning. In 2011, the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children identified Emily as one of seven emerging leaders in the field of early childhood education. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and has lived in various locations around the world. She and her family currently reside in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: "Becoming Outsiders": An Invitation 1

Chapter 1 "It's a Good Thing You're Fat!": Why Culture Matters 15

Chapter 2 "Poison Meat Eaters": The Social Lives of Children 33

Stories from the Field: Trap and Maps 55

Stories from the Field: No Forced Apologies 57

Chapter 3 "We're Stuck!": The Language of Childhood 61

Stories from the Field: The Value of Fenceless Play 86

Chapter 4 "It's Going to Eat Me!" Systems of Belief 89

Stories from the Field: We Know the Difference 112

Stories from the Field: Lions Listen to No! 116

Chapter 5 "This Feels Amazing": Artistic Expression 121

Stories from the Field: "It's a Zoo!" 141

Chapter 6 "Look at Me!": The Economics of Belonging 145

Stories from the Field: Teatime 169

Conclusion: "No One Remains Unchanged" Transformation 171

Group Discussion Guide 177

Resources by Chapter 183

References 188

Index 191

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