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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Children and Young People's Spaces

Developing Practice

ISBN 9780230280090
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Whether in their homes, schools, streets, parks, in children's centres or cyberspace, children and young people live their lives in spaces which impact on their language and concepts, and on their social worlds and relationships. This important and innovative text provides a new framework for thinking about how relationships are developed with children and young people in the spaces they inhabit.

Drawing on a wide range of perspectives, it analyses how spaces are negotiated, produced and experienced by children and young people. It offers clear guidance on how practitioners can use spaces productively to form and maintain working relationships with children and young people. In particular the book:

■ assesses how places and spaces influence and are influenced by
children and young people
■ situates the development of work with children and young people
within the thinking and values associated with social pedagogy, an
approach to practice favoured in Continental Europe and attracting
much interest in the UK
■ advocates democratic practice and includes methods for participatory
practice-led research.

An illuminating anthology of readings with a truly multidisciplinary and holistic approach, this is an essential text for students and practitioners working or intending to work with children, young people and their families. It also makes insightful reading for those with broader theoretical interests in social science, psychology and human geography.

PAM FOLEY is a Senior Lecturer in Children and Families at Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, UK. Her research interests include social policy affecting children and young people and children's agency. She has a practice background in women's and children's health. Her previous publications include Children in Society (co-edited with J. Roche and S. Tucker S, Palgrave Macmillan 2000) Connecting with children (co-edited with S. Leverett) Promoting children's wellbeing (co-edited with J. Collins) and Changing Children's Services (co-edited with A. Rixon) 

STEPHEN LEVERETT is a Lecturer in Children and Young People at Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, UK. His practice background is in social care and social work in both the statutory and voluntary sector. His publications include Connecting with children (co-edited with Pam Foley).


Introduction; P.Foley & S.Leverett
Children's Spaces; S.Leverett
Young People's Spaces; P.Hopkins
Spaces-in-the-making, Childhoods-on-the-move; J.Horton, P.Kraftl & F.Tucker
Researching Children's and Young People's Perspectives Places and Belonging; V.Morrow
Play in an Adult World: Designing Spaces with Children and Young People; M.Dudek
Democratic Spaces; P.Foley
Out of the Way: Children, Young People and Outdoor Spaces; S.Elsley
Growing Up: Moving through Time, Place and Space from Babyhood to Adolescence; L.Arai
Children's Associative Spaces and Social Pedagogy; P.Petrie
Young Europeans; S.G.Lund
Spaces for Care and Learning: a Social Pedagogical Approach; L.O'Dell
Reflective Spaces; S.Leverett & A.Rixon


LISA ARAI Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, UK
MARK DUDEK Architect and widely published author; an accredited RIBA Client Design Advisor; Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK
SUSAN ELSLEY Consultant in children's rights, policy and research and a part time Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Families and Relationships (CRFR), University of Edinburgh, UK
PETER HOPKINS Senior Lecturer in Social Geography, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK
JOHN HORTON Lecturer in Human Geography, Centre for Children and Youth, The University of Northampton, UK; Associate Editor of Children's Geographies journal
PETER KRAFTL Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Leicester, UK
STIG LUND Special Adviser at BUPL, the professional association of pedagogues in Denmark; works for the Danish and European development of children and young people's education and care; Editor of the Danish edition of the magazine Children in Europe
VIRGINIA MORROW Reader in Childhood Studies, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
LINDSAY O'DELL Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, UK
PAT PETRIE Professor in Education and Head of the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy (CUSP), Institute of Education, University of London, UK
ANDY RIXON Lecturer in Children and Young People, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, UK
FAITH TUCKER Senior Lecturer in Geography, The University of Northampton, UK; Reviews Editor of the Children's Geographies journal; Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society's Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group


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