Interdisciplinary Studies of Childhood Ethics

Casey Connors

Introduction
Shay Vogel, Plymouth State University IDS Major

This post brings to light an important issue in child protection. A healthy generation of adults comes from a healthy upbringing, and a science related to meeting the needs of children is incredible. The post made a strong point about the necessity of multidisciplinarity when dealing with complicated social issues like child rearing and appropriate ways to treat them. This critical interdisciplinarity focuses on ways to reevaluate the system of ethics in childhood studies.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies of Childhood Ethics
Casey Connors, Plymouth State University IDS Major

The scholarly article I found is called, Interdisciplinary Studies of Childhood Ethics: Developing a New Field of Inquiry. This article talks about a two year study, that covers a new field of childhood ethics. The authors discuss all the different types of disciplines that are collaborated to make this an interdisciplinary project.

The different disciplines that the article discusses are ethics, explaining the different ethics or morals within the childhood research. It talks about childhood studies, taking children from a wide range of age groups and populations and how certain ethics and morals apply to them. There is a medical aspect integrated, which discusses the health science and services for the children. There is also the discipline of law integrated as well. The law aspect covers the state-made laws creates by the courts in both Western Europe and North America.

Ethics

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The concept of childhood ethics has a lot of gaps in knowledge. That is where the interdisciplinary parts come in to take the information from different disciplines to create a better understanding of the concept. “Childhood is constructed from a diversity of social perspectives, such as son/daughter, citizen, community member, student and patient.” This quote relates childhood studies with ethics, because based on the role a child is playing, their ethics may vary:

“There is a lack of truly interdisciplinary studies in this domain. There are problems within individual disciplines; divisions between childhood education, legal and social service providers and social science and humanities researchers; as well as divisions within the medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities in their examination of medical ethics for childhood.”

By integrating these fields within the interdisciplinary studies, the information has become more advanced and any missing gaps of information have started to closed in due to the overlap of information. Childhood studies ethics is a growing field. By collaborating a variety of fields, the researchers have been able to close gaps and gather more information that will lead to future research and development in the field.

Citation:

Carnevale, F. A., Campbell, A., Collin-Vezinam D., & Macdonald, M. E. (2013). Interdisciplinary Studies of Childhood Ethics: Developing a New Field of Inquiry. Children & Society, 29(6). 511-523.