Childcare, children and capability

Wright, Hazel R. (2012) Childcare, children and capability. Cambridge Journal of Education, 42 (3). pp. 409-424. ISSN 1469-3577

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Empirical research focused on women studying childcare in an English further education college found the participants strangely contented despite demanding lifestyles. They were intent on integrating their family, work and educational commitments rather than actively seeking future gain, an understanding that led to the development of an original model of integrated lives, later recast as an example of a capability set. This paper describes how Sen’s capability approach was customized to make further sense of the empirical findings, and, in particular, how common interview themes were developed into capability indicators and grouped into capability chains to enable comparison between otherwise disparate narrative accounts. The women’s biographies emphasize the importance of fostering early capability in young children and reveal how, frequently, this is overlooked. The paper argues that educational policy should accord people the freedom to choose their own lives before reiterating how the capability approach can support such choices.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: capability approach, education, women, childcare, student experience
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 14:19
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:17

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