Constructing the Child: A History of Canadian Day Care

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James Lorimer & Company, 1997 - Education - 160 pages
How should children be cared for in day care centres? What kind of care should they receive and who should provide it?

Donna Varga explores these questions as she considers the ideologies and practices that have shaped day care in Canada over the past 100 years. She explains how the emergence of developmental child psychology changed day care from a simple service for working women to a complex system primarily concerned with the moral development of the child.

Constructing the Child tracks the emergence of an orthodox child care ideology in the course of the 20th century, and argues that this orthodoxy now inhibits further developments.

An Our Schools/Our Selves book.
 

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Contents

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CONSTRUCTING THE CHILD
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1 Official Names of Day Nurseries
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Day Nursery Employees
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Average Greatest and Least Number of Children Attending the East End Day Nursery for Selected Months
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1 Examples from Gesells Abridged Developmental Schedules
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Photo Credits Page 18 The photographic unit Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library Tl 1847
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Chapter 4
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Chapter 5
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Chapter 6
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Chapter 7
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About the author (1997)

DONNA VARGA is an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University. She has published articles on historical issues in day care, children\s play teacher education and parent education.'

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