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The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids

 
Alexandra Lange (Author)
Synopsis

Parents obsess over their children's playdates, kindergarten curriculum, and every bump and bruise, but the toys, classrooms, playgrounds, and neighborhoods little ones engage with are just as important. These objects and spaces encode years, even centuries of changing ideas about what makes for good child-rearing -- and what does not. Do you choose wooden toys, or plastic, or, increasingly, digital? What do youngsters lose when seesaws are deemed too dangerous and slides are designed primarily for safety? How can the built environment help children cultivate independence? In these debates, parents, educators, and kids themselves are often caught in the middle.

Now, prominent design critic Alexandra Lange reveals the surprising histories behind the human-made elements of children's pint-size landscape. Her fascinating investigation shows how the seemingly innocuous universe of stuff affects kids' behavior, values, and health, often in subtle ways. Seen through Lange's eyes, everything from the sandbox to the street becomes vibrant with buried meaning. The Design of Childhood will change the way you view your children's world -- and your own.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9781632866356
length 416p., Black and White Drawings.