Perspectives on School at Seven Years Old, Volume 51

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John Newson, Elizabeth Newson
Routledge, Dec 8, 2011 - Education - 204 pages
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This volume looks at the social and intellectual forces which the child encounters in class-room and playground from the parent's point of view. School and home are seen as the separate yet overlapping worlds of childhood – for some children more uncompromisingly separated than for others. In the social development of the child, school functions as a link between the kinds of demands (and immunities) which are characteristic of family life, and those which the child will discover in the wider society of adulthood. The authors provide a meeting-point for developmental psychology, sociology and education, to the illumination of all three. There is a concern with the daily life of 'ordinary'children in 'ordinary' families. School reluctance – rather than the more clinical school phobia or truancy – is delicately probed. The back-up that parents provide at home, directly or indirectly, is objectively evaluated, yet with empathy for parents' and teachers' anxieties about their roles.

 

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Contents

Introduction
13
Chapter 1 To Qualify Itself to Live in Society
22
Chapter 2 How Willingly to School?
50
Chapter 3 The Prosthesis of Culture
83
Chapter 4 Both Intermediary and Beneficiary
107
Chapter 5 A Necessary Condition of Liberty
136
Chapter 6 The Tender Leaves of Hope
166
Further Reading
192
The Interview Schedule
193
Sampling
208
References
211
Index
214
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