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Children in Context 1 Assignment 1

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Hollie Edwards

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Constructs of Childhood
The Child as Innocent

This photo depicts children as innocent victims of child abuse. This could also link with 'The Evil Child' construct. The belief was 'it did me no harm, so it will do you good' (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). Many children who have been abused, grow up becoming abusers themselves (Dunning, 2004). I believe child abuse is one of the worst crimes one can commit. Anyone who neglects or abuses an innocent child should be incarcerated.
This picture seems to depict a 'Spoilt' child who gets everything they want. This could also link with 'Out of Control Child' (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). Psychologists say well-meaning mums and dads are breeding a handout mentality in kids as young as three. They also say having many toys can lead to missing out on important learning values (Collier, 2009).
The Miniature Adult
This picture shows child labor. This dates back before 1940's where the children would work instead of attend school. An estimated 60% of child labor occurs in agriculture, fishing, hunting, and forestry (Clark-Bennett, 2011). This picture would also fit with 'The Commodified Child' as these children are being made to work for economic gain (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). This is now against the law and children are made to attend school.
This presentation provides my understanding of the Constructs of childhood and the images that i believe would fit in with the 10 Constructs of childhood and how it would impact my teaching practices. While researching for this assignment i have understood that there are different types of constructs of children and they all come from different backgrounds and each learn differently.
The Agentic Child
The Child as Victim
The Commodified Child
This picture to me depicts 'The Commodified Child' which is when children are used as objects and consumed by adults. This also could be used as the 'Child as Victim (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). Some people claim that Beauty Pageants are Innocent some claim it as Sexualising young girls (Bletchly 2012). I find images like this objectifying and thinks this make young children start thinking about body image and how we should be portrayed to the world.
Welcome to my presentation on constructs of childhood. Notions of childhood have been debated over time. This presentation will compare and contrast different constructions of childhood using 5 historical/contemporary images and 5 social/cultural images.
The child as Evil
The Snowballing Child
The Out of Control Child
The child as Noble/Savior
The Child as Adult-in-Training
This picture depicts a smoking child who i think would represent the 'Out of Control' Child. This would also fit in with the construct 'The Snowballing Child' (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). 19th century European traveler journalists inevitably complained of American children’s voracious smoking habits. Children participated in selling cigars on the streets and also making them (Hyman, 2010).
This picture depicts bullying, and represents 'The Evil Child'. This could also link with the 'Snowballing Child' construct (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). Approximately 27% Year 4- 9 Australian students report being bullied every few weeks. There are numerous reasons why children are bullies, including finding it 'fun', enjoying feeling tough and strong/in control, and believing it will make them popular. ("Bullying NO WAY ," 2013).
www.quotesvalley.com (2012)

Lakewood, M. (2013
McGuinness, D. (2012
www.netxposure.net. (2013)
Wolfman, J. (2011)
Teachers have a
responsibility to
notify child protection
if they suspect any level
of child abuse.
As a teacher i would
encourage students to
speak up if they are bullied
as nobody should go
through life being bullied.
I believe 'Spoilt' children
shouldn't be catered to because
as parents and teachers we want
to teach our children to be
humble and respectful. They
will be better adults if they
learn these attributes from
a young age.
As a teacher i would stress
the importance of our
health and the impacts
smoking can have on our
As a teacher i would teach them
the importance of staying at school
and how important eduction is to
enable them to follow there dreams
to work in the future.

www.helpwarchildnow.blogspot.com.au/. (2012)
This image of children at war depicts 'The Child as Adult-in-Training' this could also fit in with the construct as 'Child as Innocent' (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). During the 19th century children had little choice but to experience the same horrors as their parents ("Children in War," ). Often alone and helpless because of the reigning chaos, some become child soldiers, others are forced into exploitation ("Child Victims of," 2013).
Thinking of children in war brings
on so many emotions. I dont feel any
child should ever be made to risk there
lives at such a young age and have no
choice in the matter.
Radlow, N. (2013)
As a teacher i want to express
the importance regarding body
image. No young child should
have body image issues
www.chinesewhisper.com (2011)
This image showing poverty in china depicts 'The Child as Victim' (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). China is the fourth largest country with a population of more than 1.3 billion people. Economic growth has been more rapid in the eastern provinces than in the west. About 40% of China's poor people live in its seven autonomous regions and provinces ("Rural poverty in," ).
As a teacher i need to keep in mind that
being poor not only affect people in there
life at home but all aspects of there life.
Children coming from poor background
might not be able to afford uniform
and school books like most students as a
teacher i would do my best to help people
in need.
This picture here depicts a rich child who I have included to represent 'The Child as Noble' (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). British studies believe that rich kids do better at school compared to poor kids as poor kids struggle due to genetic inherited abilities. Evidence is now emerging that the same genetic testing can result in different outcomes depending on the environment (Bita, 2013).

As a teacher i need to
learn not to exclude
the rich from the poor and
give them both equal
opportunity to learn as
equal children
http://www.thequalityfactory.com. (2008)
This picture depicts to me a gifted child which i have used to represent 'The Agentic Child' (Sorin and Galloway, 2006). Developmentally the gifted children frequently reaches the 'milestones' such as walking, talking earlier than average. Gifted children have a very good memory and are eager to learn ("Characterisics of Young," 2013).
As a teacher i need to remember there will be
students who will need more help in the
classroom than others and need to make
sure they get the assistance required to
keep up with other students of there age.
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