Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism: A Reader
Edited By Marianne N. Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener and Gaile S. Cannella
The book is filled with recent scholarship by leading authors in the reconceptualization and rethinking of childhood studies and early childhood fields, who discuss foundational debates, new imaginaries in theory and practice and activist scholarship. A must-read for graduate students and professionals interested in beginning or continuing critical interrogations of current early childhood policy and reforms globally.
Chapter Fifteen: Revisiting Risk/Re-Thinking Resilience: Fighting to Live Versus Failing to Thrive
Revisiting Risk/Re-Thinking Resilience: Fighting to Live Versus Failing to Thrive
Through my work with young children and their families developing in the context of poverty, trauma, and other high-stress environments, I have observed that what might be a source of strength in one part of a child or family’s life may be a source of risk in another. Similarly, across individuals, what might be protective for some may be destructive for others. In considering the implications of this observation in the context of child development and the practice of early childhood education, I have begun to question whether current approaches adequately account for such complex development.
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