Images of childhood

2000-word expository essay in response to the following statement:
‘… our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and most of all, connected to adults and other children’ (Malaguzzi as cited in Dahlberg, Moss, & Pence, 2007, p. 48).

This assignment requires you to draw on your learning in relation to ‘images of childhood’ and contemporary approaches to early childhood education, and respond to a statement in the form of an expository essay.

 

2000-word expository essay in response to the following statement:

‘… our image of the child is rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and most of all, connected to adults and other children’ (Malaguzzi as cited in Dahlberg, Moss, & Pence, 2007, p. 48).

 

Your essay should include the following:

  1. An introductionwhere you introduce the statement, state what you intend to cover in the essay, provide the information the reader will need to understand the topic and state how you will explore the statement, supported with evidence, in your body paragraphs.
  2. A body where you outline how socio-cultural constructions of the image of the child have impacted on early childhood education in the past:
    • Outline how socio-cultural constructions of the image of the child have impacted on early childhood education in the past.
    • Identify and comparekey perspectives and approaches explored in the unit learning materials that complement and contradict this statement. For instance: Montessori and Reggio Emilia, Froebel, Steiner.
    • Discussand reflect on how the contemporary image of the child presented in the essay statement might impact on teaching and learning in early childhood education.
  3. A conclusion where you summarise the key points of your essay, provide the reader an overview of the main ideas you discussed and highlight the progression of your thought process.
  4. A reference list in APA style.

You must use academic literature to support your discussion.

While you will undoubtedly have personal views on this issue, this assignment requires you to define and explain from an informed perspective. With that in mind, you should refer to the ideas of others to help construct, support and validate your explanation, and illustrate your discussion through reference to this academic literature.

Your essay must be written in third person and must clearly compare and contrast the perspectives and approaches to the quote. Aim to regularly relate your writing back to the implications this has for teaching and learning. Ensure you are clear about the differences between writing descriptively and writing analytically.

As you will be using evidence from the literature to support your arguments, you will need to ensure that you cite it according to APA referencing conventions.

 

  1. Demonstrated understanding of key perspectives and how they have contributed to contemporary approaches to early childhood education.
  2. Depth and breadth of discussion including how the ‘image of the child’ impacts on teaching and learning.
  3. Academic expression.
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