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Uncertainties and challenges in children’s education: changes in family education perceived by kindergarten teachers

Author(s) Rocha, C. & Ferreira, M.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2013  
Editor P. Cunningham (ed.) Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges  
Age group -  
Drawing on Sociology of Family and Sociology of Childhood this paper aims to reflect on changes in family education, particularly in what concerns the adults and children social status in the last thirty years in Portugal. These changes were perceived through kindergarten teachers’ discourses with extensive professional experience in public kindergartens located in an urban historical centre. The use of interviews allowed to capture and highlight the most remarkable changes and in what way it affects their work nowadays. Analyses of experienced situations with children and their families by these professionals, and by them outlined as problematic, such as those involved in feeding, allows to identify changes within the relationship between parents and small children manifested in the i) dismissal of adult’s educative orientation towards children; ii) maintenance of children’s state of functional dependence on adults; iii) avoidance of conflicts and confrontations with children by parents. Keywords: Children, family education change, kindergarten teacher’s professional experience, Portugal

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