The nature of childhood, the consideration of whether a certain age denotes innocence or not, and the desire to teach good citizenship to our children are all issues commonly discussed by today's media. This book brings together a variety of perspectives on the study of childhood: how this has been treated historically and how such a concept is developing as we move into the next century.
The book is divided into five main sections:
* part one sets the scene and provides the reader with an overview of attitudes towards childhood.
* part two surveys the contribution of literature from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
* part three examines educational issues such as childrens' play, language acquisition and spiritual development
* part four looks at the representation of children in film, television and other mass media
* part five offers further help for study and research
This book draws on a number of academic disciplines including education, literature, theology, language studies and history. It will be of particular use to those on Childhood studies courses and all those studying for a teacher qualification. Teachers of children aged between 4-12 years old will find its contribution to their continuing professional development extremely helpful.
Jean Mills is very experienced as both a classroom practitioner and lecturer. She is currently Principal Lecturer, Head of the English Department and Programme Leader for the BA in Childhood Studies at Westhill College, University of Birmingham. Richard Mills taught for many years in schools before going on to lecture. He is currently Research Fellow at Westhill College, University of Birmingham. Both Editors have published widely in their fields.
'The editors offer what they describe as theri 'milennium baby' not simply to staff and students engaged in the academic study of childhood, but also to those engaged in teacher education. It is a timely gift ... Many of us engaged in teacher education has thus been offered as fresh opportunity to place a holistic approach to the education of children firmly at the centre of the process of schooling and teacher education ... This text is a useful support in this aspiration.' - Val Friel, Journal of Moral Education, Volume 31, No. 2, 2002