ED209 – Book 1, Chapter 1

Right, I’ve managed to start work on ED209 over the last couple of days, so with any luck, I’ll have got my first assignment finished by the time of the official start date of February 7th – giving me a four week headstart. Looking at my work and social calendars for the first quarter of next year I’ll need it!

I’m trying to create my revision notes as I go along this time. On DSE212 I didn’t really make proper notes until I was revising for the exam.  It would have been a lot easier if I’d made notes during the course (rather than simply annotating the textbooks)  and then used those notes to do most of my revision from.

Book 1 Chapter 1 is on children and development – and seems mostly ‘common sense’ to me. The idea that the definition of childhood is dependent on the culture, point in history, societal and parental values prevalent as the child matures seems to be no great surprise. It’s also no surprise that “childhood is constructed and reconstructed both for and by children” (James and Prout) either. The four major historical perspectives on development – Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke and Kant are all interesting in their own right but none appear to me to be complete. Good news – as it should make TMA1 interesting to do if I choose the option that’s available on this chapter.

Time to get back to note taking I think …

180 points to go …

I’ve just had my ‘Exploring Psychology Project’ result back from the OU – and I passed! That means I just need another 180 points to get the diploma. I’m not sure if I’m completely looking forward to next year’s course on Child Development, but if nothing else it will be a challenge. Because I registered for it last year and then had to withdraw before it started, it means I have the first two books already. I’ll be trying to make a start over Christmas because if it’s similar in workload to Exploring Psychology (and it should be) then I’ll need a few weeks in hand to make sure I finish the final assignment in time.