Learning, time-use and life transitions
As a study of childhood poverty over time, Young Lives is able to look at the changing ways in which boys and girls spend their time as they grow up as well as their experiences of school, work and caring for others in their family, and how these influence children’s pathways from early childhood into adulthood. This theme addresses three broad areas of analysis: children’s roles, responsibilities and how they spend their time; their learning in formal and informal contexts, and their transitions to adulthood.
Children learn and develop knowledge, social understanding and cultural identity through a wide range of activities. Young Lives understands the process of learning in its broadest sense, recognising that boys and girls develop skills and capabilities through their roles and responsibilities at home and in the community, as well as at school. Thus negotiating a balance between family expectations, school, work, play, leisure and other valued activities is a feature of most children’s experience.
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