Ritically assess the contribution made by education and schooling to the production of a?a good childhooda?.

Critically assess the contribution made by education and schooling to the production of a?a good childhooda?. Draw on historical and contemporary examples and research findings drawn from extensive reading to underline and support your arguments. Finally, consider the claims that childhood is dead or dying and reflect on what, if anything education and/or schooling might be able to do about this.

3,000 words overall.

Assessment criteria

A good assignment will:
a? Demonstrate an ability to think critically and be well-informed by a range or reading as well as your own experience;
a? Be clearly structured, and include signposts to make the structure clear to the reader;
a? Be written in clear grammatical comprehensible English;
a? Use a standard system of referring to reading and have a complete and accurate bibliography


Interrelationship between learning outcomes, core capabilities and assessment instruments

Learning Outcomes Capabilities Assessment
1 A2 Essay (100%)
2 A2 a?
3 A1, A2 a?
4 A3 a?

EA2003N Childhood a Extended reading list
Amit-Talai, V. (1995) Youth Cultures: a cross-cultural perspective; London: Routledge
Aries, P. (1962) Centuries of Childhood; London: Cape
Barker, C. (2000) Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice; London: Sage

Bazalgette, C. and Buckingham, D. (Eds.) (1995) In Front of the Children: Screen entertainment and young audiences; London: BFI

Bettelheim, B. (1985) The Uses of Enchantment Harmondsworth: Penguin
Brannen, J. and OaBrien, M. (Eds.) (1996) Children in Families: Research and Policy; London: Falmer
Buckingham, D. (2000) After the death of childhood: growing up in the age of electronic media; Cambridge: Polity Press
Burman, E. (1994) Deconstructing Developmental Psychology; London: Routledge
Burnett, J. (ed.) (1994) Destiny Obscure Autobiographies of Childhood, Education and Family from 1820s to the 1920s; London: Routledge
Burr, V. (1995) An Introduction to Social Constructionism; London: Routledge
Castle, K. (1996) Britanniaas Children: Reading colonialism through childrenas books and magazines; Manchester: Manchester University Press
Corsaro, W. (1997) The Sociology of Childhood; Thousand Oaks, Cal.: Pine Forge
Coveney, P. (1967) The Image of Childhood; Harmondsworth: Penguin
Cunningham, H. (1991) The Children of the Poor: representations of childhood since the seventeenth century; Oxford: Blackwell
Cunningham, H., (1995), Children and Childhood in Western Society Since 1500, London: Longman
Cunningham, H., (2006), The Invention of Childhood, London: BBC
Davin, A. (1996) Growing Up Poor. Home, School and Street in London 1870-1914, London: Rivers Oram Press
Fletcher, A. and Hussey, S., (1999), Childhood in Question: children, parents and the state, Manchester: MUP

Gittins, D. (1998) The Child In Question; Basingstoke: Macmillan

Hall, S. (1997) Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, London: Sage

Hendrick, H. (1997b) Children, Childhood and English Society 1880-1990; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Higonnet, A. (1998) Pictures of Innocence: the history and crisis of ideal childhood; London: Thames and Hudson
Hill, M. and Tisdall, K. (1997) Children and Society; London: Longman
Holland, P. (1992) What is a Child? Popular images of childhood; London: Virago
Holt, J. (1975) Escape from Childhood: the needs and rights of children; Harmondsworth: Penguin
Hoyles, M. (1989) The Politics of Childhood; London: Journeyman
Humphries, S. (1981) Hooligans or Rebels? An Oral History of Working-Class Childhood and Youth 1889-1939, Oxford: Oxford University Press
James, A. (1993) Childhood Identities; Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
James, A. and Prout, A. (Eds.) (1990) Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood: contemporary issues in the sociological study of childhood; London: Falmer
James, A., Jenks, C. and Prout, A. (1998) Theorizing Childhood; Cambridge: Polity Press
Jenks, C. (1996) Childhood; London: Routledge.
Jordanova, L. (1989) a?Children in history: concepts of nature and societya in Scarre, G. (Ed) Children, Parents and Politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Kehily, M.J., (2009) An Introduction to Childhood Studies, Buckingham: Open University Press
Kenway, J. and Bullen, E. (2001) Consuming Children: education-entertainment-advertising; Buckingham: Open University Press
Kline, S. (1993) Out of the Garden: Toys and Childrenas Culture in the Age of TV Marketing; London: Verso
Kress, G. and van Leeuwen, T. (1996) Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design, London: Routledge
Livingstone, S. (2002) Young people and New Media: Childhood and the changing media environment, London: Sage
Mayall, B. (Ed) (1994) Childrenas Childhoods Observed and Experienced; London: Falmer
Mayall, B. (2002) Towards a Sociology for Childhood: thinking from childrenas lives, Buckingham: Open University Press
Meek M (ed.) 2001 Childrenas Literature and National Identity, Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books

Mills, J. and Mills, R. (Eds.) (2000) Childhood Studies: a reader in perspectives on childhood; London: Routledge
Qvortrup, J. (1994) Childhood Matters: social theory, practice and politics; Aldershot: Avebury

Reynolds, K. (1994) Childrenas Literature in the 1980s and 1990s; Northcote House Publishing

Rose, J. (1984) The Case of Peter Pan or the Impossibility of Childrenas Fiction; Basingstoke: Macmillan
Rosen, M. (1994) The Penguin Book of Childhood; Harmondsworth: Penguin

Scraton, P., (ed.) (1997), a?Childhooda in a?Crisisa; London: UCL Press; especially Goldson, B., a?aChildhooda: an introduction to historical and theoretical analysesa?

Styles, M. et al (eds.) (1996) Voices Off; London: Cassell

Walkerdine, V. (1997) Daddyas Girl: Young Girls and Popular Culture; London: Macmillan

Woodhead, M., Light, P. and Carr, R. (eds.) (1991) Growing Up in a Changing Society; London: Routledge

Useful web addresses

Childrenas Rights Alliance for England: uk

Children and Young People Unit: uk

DOMUS Research Centre for Histories in Education, University of Birmingham:
ac.uk/domus/

The History of Education and Childhood: nl/ped/whp/histeduc/links06.html/
Save the Children Fund: .savethechildren.net