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Workshop June 10 — After the Iron curtain: Poor parenting and state intervention in cross cultural perspective

A one-day workshop at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Wednesday, 10th June, 10-5pm

Across many contemporary societies, the quality of parenting is increasingly seen as imperative, not only for the well-being of individual children, but for the health of communities as a whole. This kind of parenting – increasingly endorsed by both parents and policy makers – has been termed ‘concerted’, ‘intensive’, or even ‘paranoid’ by researchers, pointing to the ‘more’ than the basic childcare that many mothers feel they should do for their children.
The opposite of this is ‘poor’ parenting or ‘unfit’ parents – defined not so much by an approach, as the absence of it. Poor parenting is most often tied to expectations of poor outcomes, where children are seen as being at risk of neglect or maltreatment. Intervention by the state is aimed at ensuring children be saved from such parents, either through training, or by placing children in settings that provide more appropriate care. Since much of the social science research on the topic has been done in what’s called ‘Euro-America’, however, the explanatory framework usually draws on elements of capitalist market economies and social stratifications, such as class, poverty, gender inequality and race. Continue reading Workshop June 10 — After the Iron curtain: Poor parenting and state intervention in cross cultural perspective

CFP: Special issue of JCEPS – “Unheard Learners: Children and Youth Experiences in Neoliberal Schools”

Unheard Learners: Children and Youth Experiences in Neoliberal Schools

The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies 
Special Issue: December 2015

Guest Editors: Debbie Sonu, Hunter College, City University of New York & Julie Gorlewski, State University of New York at New Paltz 

Chief and Managing EditorProfessor Dave Hill, Research Professor of Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, England

The Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS) and guest editors Debbie Sonu and Julie Gorlewski are seeking manuscripts for a special issue that is scheduled for publication in December 2015.

This special issue, entitled “Unheard Learners: Children and Youth Experiences in Neoliberal Schools,” aims to feature the work of established and emerging scholars from a variety of disciplines who explore school reform and schooling experiences from the standpoint of children and youth in public and private K-12 institutions from any socio-economic, cultural, or geographic location within the United States.  Continue reading CFP: Special issue of JCEPS – “Unheard Learners: Children and Youth Experiences in Neoliberal Schools”

Roundtable – Young Children’s Rights in Wales and England: What Next After the Election?

Young Children’s Rights in Wales and England: What Next After the Election?

Round table discussion

Wednesday 24 June 2.00-4.00 pm
Seminar room, Social Science Research Unit SSRU,
18 Woburn Square
UCL Institute of Education London WC1H ONR

Contributors to include:

  • Dr Jacky Tyrie
  • Sian Sarwar (Cardiff)
  • Prof Berry Mayall (London)
  • Chair: Prof Priscilla Alderson

The aim is to bring together professionals (academics, policy makers, advocates, educators, students, and third sector organisations) from England and Wales to discuss the present state of young children’s rights and look to future developments in research, policy and practice. Continue reading Roundtable – Young Children’s Rights in Wales and England: What Next After the Election?

CFP – 2nd Childhood Studies Colloquium “What does Childhood Studies mean for research, policy and practice?”

The 2nd Childhood Studies Colloquium will be held in Dunedin on 20th and 21st October 2015 on the theme What does Childhood Studies mean for research, policy and practice? 

Children and young people deal with a vast range of widening inequalities in their social and physical environments. Researchers from many disciplines, practitioners, policy makers and activists often work individually to improve the life of our young citizens. While children and young people’s economic, social, cultural and physical wellbeing lie at the heart of such efforts, debates continue about what working under the umbrella term of ‘Childhood Studies’ actually means theoretically and practically to address the pressing issues facing children and young people in the 21st century. Continue reading CFP – 2nd Childhood Studies Colloquium “What does Childhood Studies mean for research, policy and practice?”

Call for proposals for special issues: Children & Society 2017-18

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Call for proposals for special issues:
Children & Society 2017-18

Children & Society publishes one guest-edited Special Issue per volume. Children & Society’s editorial board welcomes proposals for Special Issues for 2017 and 2018 to be submitted to the Journal editors by September 1st for consideration at the autumn editorial board meeting. Continue reading Call for proposals for special issues: Children & Society 2017-18