The Child Book Talk—2012 in review

Thanks to all who helped make this lecture series a success! Feel free to review the report below on the Book Talk’s blog–prepared by WordPress!

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 This blog got about 2,500 views in 2012 from viewers living in 16 different countries

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Comment on Dr. Whitebook’s Talk

Dr. Marcy Whitebook gave us a wonderful and inspiring lecture last night. We discussed a bit of the history of the child care movement and worker response to buget cuts, poor wages and working conditions. We also discussed the importance of being advocates for young children and ensuring that the rights of all who are involved in the care and teaching of children are treated in an ethical and appropriate manner. Continue the dialogue by responding here!


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Dr. Marcy Whitebook’s Lecture , Tues. December 4th 6-8pm

                     No Single Ingredient

 Well-trained and educated early care and education teachers and providers are likely to establish warm and caring relationships with children, encourage their curiosity and love of learning, and foster their development and readiness for school. Yet, many teachers and providers lack access to the education they need, and work in environments that compensate them poorly and offer little encouragement and support for continuing to build their professional skills.

This talk will explore the limitations of current “silver bullet” policies intended to improve quality and support effective teaching, and identify the components of a multi-faceted research, policy and advocacy strategy necessary to attract well-trained practitioners, support their ongoing development, and provide incentives for them to continue to teach. The presentation will include information about two new research tools—a measure of the adult work environment and an inventory of early childhood higher education program content — and two forthcoming books –one focused on training mentors and coaches and the other  on why understanding policy, politics and power is essential to early childhood leaders.

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Comment on Dr. Lobman’s Talk

Thank you, Dr. Lobman for a fascinating lecture! The topic was extremely timely and helped to connect so many of the point made in other lectures in our series. Children need play to learn, grow and make sense of their worlds. When this innate activity is disconnected from learning, children are at great risk for not meeting their potential. Thanks to all who commented on other contextual factors that limit play such as unsafe parks, lack of play areas, and increased reliance on TV. Be sure to share your thoughts and reflections!


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Dr. Carrie Lobman’s Lecture, November 13th 6-8pm

                                             Play & Performance

Play has long been identified by psychologists, educators, and laypeople as one of the most important activities of early childhood. Increasingly researchers and practitioners are expanding the field of play beyond early childhood to include the role of performance as a play activity that continues throughout the lifespan. This book talk will highlight work that explores the connection between play and performance as collectively created cultural activities. The objective is to showcase the work of scholars and practitioners who explore the relationships between play, performance, development, and learning, and to discuss the ways broadening our understanding of play to include performance can enhance our practices with all people.

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Comment on Dr. Gutman’s Lecture

  Thank you Dr. Gutman for a very enlightening discussion that truly reflected an interdisciplinary approach to the study of childhood.

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Dr. Marta Gutman’s Lecture, Tues, Nov 6th 6-8pm

           Designing Modern Childhoods: History, Space and Material Culture

With the advent of urbanization in the early modern period, the material worlds of children were vastly altered. In industrialized democracies, a broad consensus developed that children should not work, but rather learn and play in settings designed and built with these specific purposes in mind. Unregulated public spaces for children were no longer acceptable; and the cultural landscapes of children’s private lives were changed, with modifications in architecture and the objects of daily life.

This talk will examine the history and design of places and objects such as schools, hospitals, playgrounds, houses, cell phones, snowboards, and even the McDonald’s Happy Meal. Special attention will be given to how children use and interpret the spaces, buildings, and objects that are part of their lives, becoming themselves creators and carriers of culture.

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