Critical Thinking

My is innocence related to childhood? While growing

My
motivation for studying this module is my dream to work with children. E102
shows me the development children go through from birth until
adolescence.(E102, p.28) I would like to understand children’s behaviour while
having the chance to be part of their lives. I think while working with
children, I have a big responsibility and I want to make sure everything I do
is the best for them. While studying this module, I would like to learn how
children think and how their thinking differs from the thinking of an adult.
Why is innocence related to childhood? While growing up children grow out of
their innocent state and get more mature. Is this because they are confronted
with the bad things in the world? I wonder why children develop differently and
why they do not always think and behave the same way. I am interested in
learning what influences children while growing up and what factors impress
them. Is the way children develop already predetermined or are other things
more important, like their social environment, their family and the way they
get treated. Also, I would like to know more about the way childhood developed
from centuries ago until now. What changed and what caused the different view
we have on children today? How changes the view of children and childhood in
different countries and different cultures? Furthermore, is there only one
right way to treat and educate children? Hopefully, I will get to know more
about these questions while studying Childhood and Youth Studies. 

 

b.
Which perspectives on children and childhood presented in Block 1 connect with
your own interests in children and childhood and how?

 

The
perspective which interests me the most is: “Childhood means many
different things to different people and cannot be fully understood as a
biological, universal stage of life.”(E102, p.9) It is interesting to see
that people may think different about children and childhood and do not share a
common opinion on what would be the best way to treat and educate them. I find
this highly interesting due to my dream to work in a Kindergarten in South
Korea in the future. Children here in Germany have the opportunity to play freely
all day and are required to solve some tasks when getting in school age. By
contrast, children in Korea have to learn things pretty fast and do not get the
opportunity to play so freely than for instance children in Germany. This is
because Korean people are really well educated and their educational system
differs from ours. This reason affects the childhood of children. 

What
also really interest me is: “Ideas about the nature of
children”(E102, p.10) I do believe that children are born innocent. And I
think that bad influences affect them and influence their development. War
affects them and leaves probably permanent effects and influences their
behaviour and way of thinking while growing up. I would like to know what
happens when a child grows up without experiencing any bad things in the world.
If all cruel things existing in the world would be kept from the child, how
would it develop? Would the child be completely pure, but on the other side
would it not have any resilience? I think about whether it is an advantage or
disadvantage for a child to recognize that not everything in the world is
beautiful.

 

 

c.
How might other perspectives presented in Block 1 contribute to your developing
understanding of childhood and children?

 

One
perspective that definitely helps me with understanding children is that
“Children have agency”(E102p.17) I tend to forget that it was not
always naturally for children to have rights. My parents or grandparents got
treated completely different than me. For them, it was normal to receive
physical punishment. To hurt children physically today is illegal and will not
be ignored. I think it is important for us to remember that it once has been
this way and that we should prevent this from happening again. I think the
development made with children and Childhood is amazing and should be seen as a
large success. After reading that leaving children alone or not comforting them
when they cried was normal decades ago, I find it even more important to
treasure them now. 

Another
point is all the different views of children which developed over the years. A
lot of people had different opinions about children and which way would be the
best one to educate them. People like John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau
offered different theories about children and how they develop. Theories like
these are important and necessary for researchers today. Because they still
help with research about children. I never thought about it, but people like
them made it possible for Childhood Studies to be this far developed. Even
though their point of view is not always right, the researchers play an
important role and I am acknowledging this more through the knowledge I made
while reading Chapter 3.  

 

 

Part
2

 

a.
What have you learned about yourself regarding your study skills and habits?
What are your strengths and what areas are in need of improvement?

 

I
always struggled while studying for school, because I was forced to deal with
topics that mostly did not really interest me. Studying Childhood and Youth
Studies is way more pleasant for me. Now that I am studying something that
really interests me, it is easier for me to get into studying and I manage to
stay concentrated longer. I learned that, for myself, studying is easier if I
enjoy gaining knowledge from a topic that interests me. It also helps me a lot
to study somewhere with no interruptions like the library and to turn off my
phone. I started to think positively about my studying. This is due to the fact
that I am able to understand most of the texts and tasks and that I know that
there is always someone to turn to if I have problems or need help.

Like
I said in the text above, if something really interests me, I am highly
motivated in learning new things and work through tasks. I am quite neat and
like to have my study materials organized. Also, I am really ambitious. I have
a goal which motivates me to keep going. However, there are also weaknesses. I
am bad at self-managing. I am not good at planning and organizing. I tend to
misinterpret the time I actually need for studying or writing an essay. As a
result, I often get under time pressure. I need to organize my time better.
Also, English is not my first language, so there are times I am unsure and
maybe make spelling or grammatical mistakes.

 

b.
What resources/sources of support could you draw upon in order to address
these?

 

I
could buy a personal organizer. I should write down all the tasks I have to
complete in one week. I also should note down the dates of all TMA’s and EMA’s.
Maybe this will help me organize my time better and avoid time pressure. It
would be helpful to write down what I want to get done each day and complete
tasks one by one and not all at once. I should note down what I could complete
the next day but more importantly, I should stay realistic. It will be better
to get a manageable amount of work done each day instead of working everything through in one or
two days. Getting in contact with other Open University students could also
help me so we can support each other and exchange thoughts about chapters and
tasks.  Asking friends and family members
to read through my assignments could not only help me to prevent writing and
grammatical mistakes but also make me more confident. It will help me stay on
track with my studying. It also would be an advantage for me to work ahead.
Through working ahead I make sure to have more time for my assignments. It also
could be that there will be an occasion or problems that could prevent me from studying.
Studying ahead will not only unburden me if something unplanned will happen,
but it also will prevent me from time pressure.