Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and Americas Children Hamilton Cravens

ISBN: 9780807820926

Published: August 27th 1993

Hardcover

348 pages


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Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and Americas Children  by  Hamilton Cravens

Before Head Start: The Iowa Station and Americas Children by Hamilton Cravens
August 27th 1993 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 348 pages | ISBN: 9780807820926 | 3.63 Mb

Between the 1920s and the 1950s, the child welfare movement that had originated as a moral reform effort in the Progressive era evolved into the science of child development. In Before Head Start, Hamilton Cravens chronicles this transformation,MoreBetween the 1920s and the 1950s, the child welfare movement that had originated as a moral reform effort in the Progressive era evolved into the science of child development.

In Before Head Start, Hamilton Cravens chronicles this transformation, both on the national level and from the perspective of the fields best-known research center, the University of Iowas Child Welfare Research Station. Addressing the changing role played by women and the importance of Rockefeller philanthropy, he shows how a womens reform movement became a male-dominated, conservative profession and demonstrates how lay pressure groups can influence the structures and processes of science. Animated by the reformist goals of the child welfare movement, scientists at the Iowa Station challenged the pervasive idea that an individuals development was determined by such group traits as race, class, and gender.

Instead, their research suggested that early social intervention could rescue a child from a grim future. Cravens argues that this individualistic perspective, rejected in the 1940s by a scientific community that mirrored societys deterministic notions, anticipated the national social reforms of the post-1950s era, including Head Start.



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