To consider the influence of relationships on the sense of identity and learning of a child

Aim

To consider the influence of relationships in home, playground and classroom on the sense of identity and learning of a child.

Evidence and reflection

Select a child on whom to focus. Draw up a matrix, similar to that used by Pollard with Filer (1996), but for an appropriate period. Use records, observation and discussion to gradually complete each cell of the matrix. This may take some time and enquiry to do appropriately.

Extension

Consider your matrix as a whole.  How is the child's view of his/her self influenced by others?  How does his/her view of self influence the approach taken to learning?  Are there any specific implications for providing for this child or overall conclusions for understanding children more generally?