Public Lecture Series: Professor Priscilla Alderson

24th Apr 2008 - 6:00pm

Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University’s Public Lecture Series ‘Children’s Voices: Are We Listening’ highlights the ongoing work being undertaken by academics, children’s rights activists and policymakers to allow the views and perspectives of young people themselves to impact on how they are treated and understood.

Priscilla Alderson is Professor of Childhood Studies at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.

This lecture will examine New Labour’s Ten Year Plan for children and young people. 

It will scrutinise the plan’s rhetoric of participation, of listening to children’s voices and relying on ‘evidence based’ research.  Differing concepts covered by the Plan, such as adulthood and parenthood, will be reviewed for their political realism, ranging from the Puritan and Romantic child to the Economic child.

Meanings of ‘realism’ will cover: how practical, realistic, evidence based, expedient, and theoretically coherent are the Plan’s concepts and policies.

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