This study, first published in 1982, approaches children from an ethogenic viewpoint. It records their own accounts of their social world and sees them as members of a distinct culture with its own perspective, code of behaviour and strategies for making sense of their lives. The author suggests that teachers who can take the pupil’s perspective into account will work together more successfully with these pupils in the process of communicating their adult knowledge to the children. This title will be of interest to students of sociology and education.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction 2. The Research Act 3. The Social Context of Children 4. Friends and Fights 5. Pupils’ Attitudes to Teacher Organisation and Discipline 6. Conclusion: The Double World of Childhood; Appendices; Bibliography; Name Index; Subject Index