London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Children, culture and media

Author(s) Kristin Dyrfjordð  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2001  
Editor A. Ross, Learning for Democratic Europe  
Language English  
Age group -  
In 1999 a new national curriculum for all schools, including pre-schools, was introduced in Iceland. The new curriculum is thought of as a guideline for educational work, and emphasises the close connection between culture, society, and work in schools and pre-schools. It also stresses that the child's environment, both social and geographical, should play a large part in the individual curriculum of each school. A key word is culture: it is important to define what culture means. It can be defined as the ideas, rules, values, and norms we inherit from previous generations, albeit sometimes changed over time. In other words, culture is everything we learn about right and wrong, beauty and ugliness, practicality and impracticality, our daily occupations and the meaning of life. Our cultural heritage has been passed from generation to generation in the form of literature, song, dance, the way we prepare our food, and so on. In Iceland we often talk about our heritage in terms of our Sagas, but our culture is much more than the Sagas, although they play a large part in our identity as a nation. Our cultural heritage is the sum of the experiences and insights which both inform and are shown in our belief system, traditions, arts, spoken and written language, sciences, techniques, etc. and which are manifest in the institutions of our society. Our cultural heritage takes many forms ? and our children's culture is one particular kind of culture. It can be divided into two main groups: culture that is made for children (specifically designed for children or with children in mind) and culture the children create or make for themselves

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