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Impact on Children's Lives of Their Experiences of Schooling and Work

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There have been studies on childhood and the construct of a child. Interest in childhood has led to the development of a number of theories that have defined the modern sociology of childhood. There have been raging debates regarding naturalistic theories and the new theories by Juang and others that have been leaning on the behaviorism and socialization as a way of looking at the construction of childhood. These studies by Sigmund and others have revealed that there is a strong relationship between the social perception for childhood, childhood experiences and the later life of the child.

Therefore they have constructed childhood as a learning period which is in line with the early constructs that has been presented about the same period in the historical view of childhood. (Alexander 2000, p. 87) All these studies have presented some similar constructs about childhood. They have presented childhood as alimented, as a mature adult, as an adult in training, the noble child, the commodities child, the snowballing child, and as a victim and genetic child. These are some of the constructs that have been presented in all these studies.

Therefore there has been a great change that can be observed in the early construction of childhood and the modern perception that we have on the same child. There has been a major change that has taken place in the socials understanding of childhood and understanding of the relationship between childhood and other periods of development. A deeper understanding of childhood has helped us to form an insight into the constructs of childhood and therefore relate the effect of social experiences and the personality of the grown-up person.

(Woodhead and Montgomery 2003, p. 84) Relationships between the ideas about childhood in history and experiences of being a child Social construction of childhood Since Darwin published his book on the evaluation of human being, there have been a debate between naturalists who postulated that our genetic makeup determines our personality and the modern sociologists who believe that our experiences in our childhood have a major effect on the personality of the person.

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