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Children Framing ChildhoodsWorking-Class Kids' Visions of Care$
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Wendy Luttrell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447352853

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447352853.001.0001

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Worcester, Massachusetts Fall, 2003

Worcester, Massachusetts Fall, 2003

(p.1) Prelude Worcester, Massachusetts Fall, 2003
(p.i) Children Framing ChildhoodS

Wendy Luttrell

Policy Press

This prelude provides an overview of the author's research conducted at Park Central School in Worcester, Massachusetts. The idea was to give kids cameras to record, represent, and reflect on their everyday lives. The goal was that their photos will serve as a window onto the school culture, and at the same time allow the author and her colleagues to ask other, more complex questions. The author and the principal of PCS, Dr. Galinsky, both agree that there is tremendous value in listening to kids' voices as a way to help educators improve teaching and learning. Thus, the author planned to use the children's photographs and recorded interviews about their images as materials that will engage graduate students and teachers-in-training in assessing their own ways of seeing, and perhaps questioning their own assumptions about children growing up in working-class and immigrant communities of color. A key discovery of this research is the centrality and saliency of how care matters in childhood, in development, and in schooling from kids' own perspectives.

Keywords:   Park Central School, children, school culture, working-class communities, immigrant communities, care, childhood, child development, schooling

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