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Juridik och politik i barnpedagogiken - om FN-konventionens dilemman

Author(s): Birgitta Qvarsell

Journal: Utbildning & Demokrati : Tidsskrift för Didaktik och Utbildningspolitik
ISSN 1102-6472

Volume: 10;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2001;
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A new paradigm has emerged within childhood research during the last decades. Children’s own activities and perspectives, their perceptions of time and space and ways of seeing their life conditions have come in focus. With such an interest the children themselves, as psychological phenomena, are not the focus for research, but rather their life and learning conditions from their perspectives. The children become informants rather than objects in research. In this article examples of research within this new trend, connected to the UN convention and some of its dilemmas, are discussed, with special attention on working children and street children. What is the best interest of the child is an overall question and problem, treated in different ways due to how laws and politics are considered related to the educational aspects of childhood. In the discussion attention is also given to the distinction between children’s needs, their rights and their perspectives on essential contextual and ultural conditions.
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