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ERIC Number: EJ874543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
"Age-Appropriate Development" as Measure and Norm: An Ethnographic Study of the Practical Anthropology of Routine Paediatric Checkups
Kelle, Helga
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v17 n1 p9-25 2010
The article provides an ethnographic study of the logic of conducting routine paediatric checkups in children from birth to the age of 5 in Germany (U1 to U9). These checkups are meant as a continual evaluation of a child's developmental process and progress, and their outcomes inform decisions on children's careers in educational institutions. The article focuses on the concept of "age-appropriate development" as applied in the field of study, discusses its meaning in the context of the checkups' practical anthropology and theoretically reflects on the construction of "normal development". In the analysis of an example of a U9 (with a 5-year-old child) it is shown how an extremely condensed picture of a child's developmental state and how legitimization for intervening in children's developmental processes are produced in the course of the checkups. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany