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TitleChanging professional practice: a sociology of childhood for the right of children to participate
Other titlesEvolution de la pratique profissionnelle: une sociologie de l'enfance pour le droit de l'enfant à participer
Wandel der beruflichen Praxis: Eine Soziologie der Kindheit, die für das Recht von Kindern auf Teilnahme plädiert
Author(s)Ferreira, Manuela
Rocha, Cristina
Vilarinho, Emília
Issue date2000
Abstract(s)For epistemological and pedagogic reasons our courses (in the subject of 'Introdução à Sociologia' - Introduction to Sociology - in the Degree of 'Ciências da Educação' - Education Sciences of the University of Oporto, and in the subject of 'Sociologia da Educação - Sociology of Education - in the Degree of Education and in the baccalaureate of Childhood Education offered by the University of Minho) assume the child to be an agent and a social actor: but we have found that this has been met with great resistance by our students. Because of this we have systematically collected students' accounts of representations and memories about children and childhood (between 1995-1999). This paper is based on an analysis of these accounts, and aims to identify the structural and structuring characteristics our students use to construct their concept of the child and of childhood, as well as the different underlying notions which shape a particular notion of citizensh! ip. Discussing the basis of the arguments and justifications for these conceptions enables us to identify their epistemological limitations, especially those of a naturalistic and ethnocentristic type that are determined by reference to the adult world. The paper also argues that, at the level of training for the childhood teaching profession, the introduction of sociological reflection which makes use of students' representations and memories, linked to the recognition of children as social agents and actors, leads towards the basis of a new paradigm in education in which the right of children to participate will be assumed as a right of children within their practice of active citizenship.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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