Children in the City: Home Neighbourhood and Community (The by Pia Monrad Christensen, Margaret O'Brien

By Pia Monrad Christensen, Margaret O'Brien

This well timed and thought-provoking publication explores kid's lives in smooth towns. At a time of excessive debate concerning the caliber of existence in towns, this e-book examines how they could turn into solid locations for kids to dwell in. via contributions from adolescence specialists in Europe, Australia and the USA, the e-book exhibits the significance of learning kid's lives in towns in a comparative and generational standpoint. It additionally includes attention-grabbing debts of urban residing from young ones themselves, and gives sensible layout solutions.The authors ponder the significance of town as a social, fabric and cultural position for kids, and discover the connections and limits among domestic, neighbourhood, group and town. all through, they tension the significance of attractive with how kids see their urban so as to reform it inside of a child-sensitive framework.This ebook is worthwhile studying for college kids and lecturers within the box of anthropology, sociology, social coverage and schooling. it's going to even be of curiosity to these operating within the box of structure, city making plans and layout.

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Through developing their skills in using the index pages and working their way around the different sections of the many-paged book the children were supposed to learn about their village and its region. For most children this was a rather tedious job. Although they were able to choose whether they wanted to work alone or in pairs, it was often a slow process. The children’s task was to make lists of for example how many primary schools there were, how many doctors and dentists and other local services and institutions.

The children were divided into small groups and provided with a sheet of paper listing a range of particular spots together with a map, an enlarged section of the local area. The task of the children was to find their way around the local neighbourhood locating particular spots via the road name and number given on the paper. ’. The questionnaire thus created a circular walk taking the children around a particular part of their local neighbourhood through the streets surrounding the school. Place, space and knowledge 25 On the way the children walked, ran, jumped up in the air, kicked stones and, along the way, were deeply engaged discussing what they saw.

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