ERIC Number: ED183248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The International Year of the Child - 1979: 'More of Same' or Radical Critique? Curriculum, Media & Instruction Occasional Paper No. 8.
Smith, David G.
Delegates to the Canadian planning meeting of the International Year of the Child showed most interest in attending workshops on the topic of children in the international context (rather than in a single country context) and least interest in the topic of research. These choices may reflect a realization that (1) if we are to understand our own situation with children more clearly we must stop looking only at ourselves and our children and come to view 'Ourselves' more in the context of 'Others', and that (2) more and more people are sensing that traditional research regarding children is incapable of shedding light on the fundamental questions we face with children today. The inadequacies of traditional research are linked with its epistemological stance. Phenomenology presents a radical critique of this stance and suggests the sense in which an understanding of ourselves -- as children and adults -- must involve a recognition of the intersubjectivity of human existence and our dependence on one another for a sense of our own Being. To see the world intersubjectively means that we cannot more fully understand ourselves simply by more intensive introspection about our own localized situations. We need to spend more time in dialogue with those who seem most different from us. (Author/SS)
Descriptors: Adults, Child Development, Childhood Needs, Children, Epistemology, Global Approach, Research Problems, Social Science Research
Secondary Education Publications, Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G5 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Faculty of Education.