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ERIC Number: ED407104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Beliefs about Child, Childhood and Upbringing: A Crucial Component of the Developmental Niche.
Konantambigi, Rajani M.
This study examined the perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes of first year college students about children, childhood, and childrearing that comprise their naive theories about children's development. Participating in the study were 122 students in the undergraduate Home Science program at the University of Baroda, India. All participants were women, 18 to 19 years old, from middle- to upper-middle-class families. Before beginning the introductory course of their program, students provided written responses to two questions on the nature of children and the expectations they had regarding their course of study. Results indicated that the students had a very positive picture of children as lovable, innocent, curious, and constantly learning. Children were also perceived as future citizens. However, no student expressed the traditional Indian view of children as carriers of family lineage, name, and heritage. Childhood was viewed as a sensitive period in which children are very moldable and in which, therefore, the environment plays an important role. The students thought that a course on child development should inform students about the nature of children and their development, as well as discuss how children learn, how to discipline and interact with children so that they become good citizens, and how to meet the needs of children with disabilities. (Contains 11 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: India