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ERIC Number: EJ786806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Theorizing Indicators: On Indicators, Signs and Trends
Frones, Ivar
Social Indicators Research, v83 n1 p5-23 Aug 2007
Policymakers and social theorists have increasingly come to rely on social indicators to guide their decisions and theories. Social indicators are also useful in bridging theory and empirical research as well as the traditional gap between policymaking and social theory. The concept of social indicators covers interpretation of cultural signs, simple statistical measures, and complex statistical indexes related to sets of domains. The article views the development of child well-being indicators as central not only in the social welfare field, but as an indicator of future societal conditions, given that children's lives are especially sensitive to social change. The paper addresses the development of indicators of children's well-being, arguing that the expansion of the field, the complexity of new domains and indicators, and the position of children as "being" and "becoming", they are citizens of the present as well as being socialized for the future, illustrates that the next crucial step for the field is to further elaborate theories and models.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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