Childhood – growing up or just made up?

Here is a fascinating paper exploring current debates about what ‘childhood’ means, demonstrating how it is imagined differently in a range of texts and media. The paper aims to help teachers identify the ways in which children come to perceive themselves, and the ways in which society perceives and treats children.

Ben Willamson, the author, introduces theories of childhood and emerging ideas about children’s rights. He then examines the role of the media in the production of ideas about childhood which influence children themselves as well as the wider community.

Finally, he focuses on the ideas about childhood seen inĀ emerging (English) educational policy documents.

A very interesting (and short) read! I recommend it.

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