- Paperback / softback, 42 pages, 210 mm x 148 mm
- 1 Oct 2003
- Institute of Education
There is urgent need for adults to re-think their ideas about childhood. Sociological approaches to childhood are needed as key contributions to improve basic conceptual thinking about how society works; as a matter of social justice; and as theoretical bases for educational reforms. Children have been traditionally understood in the education system as immature, incompetent, morally suspect pupils. Sociological thinking can help reconceptualise them as people to be respected; as knowledgeable, critical, competent participants in learning. Universities have an important role in providing opportunities for studients to study sociological approaches to childhood.
Berry Mayall is Professor of Childhood Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has worked for many years on research projects studying the daily lives of children and their parents.