Originally published in 1989, the purpose of this book was to explore the nature and appearance of disaffection and alienation in young children and to seek to understand its significance. It deals with classroom interactions and adult expectations of children, and the context of historical and policy-related perspectives on schools as they relate to the under-8-year-olds.
Theories and assumptions about these young children are re-examined, leading to questions on interpretation of behaviours, the appropriateness of practices at the classroom, teacher education and policy levels, and the societal value that was placed on the schooling experience of young children at the time.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Preface Neville Jones. Introduction Gill Barrett Part 1: Learning to be Disaffected 1. A Child’s Eye View of Schooling Gill Barrett 2. Deliver Us from Eagles Annabel Dixon Part 2: Classrooms as Contexts for Disaffection 3. Teachers’ Perspectives on Disaffection Gill Barrett 4. Creativity and the Infant Classroom Anne Saunders 5. The Context of Children’s Learning: An Historical Perspective Clem Adelman Part 3: Home, School and the Community 6. Being a Disaffected Parent John Schostak 7. ‘They’re too Young to Notice’: Young Children and Racism Ian Menter 8. School Ethos and the Individual within a Community Val Wood Part 4: Learning and Knowing: Policy and Practice 9. ‘School Starts at Five…or Four Years Old?’ The Rationale for Changing Admission Policies in England and Wales Martin Woodhead 10. Needs of Teacher Education for Early Years Teaching Peter Heaslip 11. Conditions for Disaffection Gill Barrett. Notes on Contributors. Index.