The altruism of pre-adolescent children's perspectives on 'worry' and 'happiness' in Australia and England

Sargeant, Jonathon (2010) The altruism of pre-adolescent children's perspectives on 'worry' and 'happiness' in Australia and England. Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, 17 (3). pp. 411-425. ISSN 0907-5682


This article presents the perspectives of Australian and English children on the broad terms worry, happy and change. Utilizing a qualitative methodology, the study engaged with pre-adolescent children (‘tweens’) on the issues affecting them in the modern world. Participants were drawn from a large regional secondary school in Eastern Australia and a comparable regional secondary school in England. Students completed an open-ended questionnaire. In both contexts, many of the children identified specific personal and predominantly social priorities. In their responses, the children tended towards features in their lives that reflected the high importance of individual relationships. The factors that give rise to the identified importance of the family relationship reveal their prioritization of the conditions in their lifeworld. The children demonstrated an acute and sophisticated knowledge of their local community and the global world.They identified local and global issues as they impacted on them personally.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version not held. Published version cannot be displayed.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 03:03
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2014 21:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: childhood; education; happiness; tweens’ perspectives; worry
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0907568209341087

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