How can the concept of liminality help practitioners to support childrens experiences of transitions This essay question reflects the teaching in Learning Guide Transitionsi
How can the concept of liminality help practitioners to support childrens experiences of transitions?
This essay question reflects the teaching in Learning Guide 7 Transitions, and the concept of liminality is discussed in Leverett S (2008) Understanding transitions and Leverett (2008) Working with children and transitions in Foley, P. and Leverett, S. (eds) Connecting with Children (Bristol, Policy Press/Milton Keynes, The Open University). There is a lot of material in this Learning guide, so it will be important to be selective and focus on this particular question.
Leverett (2008) suggests (in section 3 of his chapter) that the significance of transitions can be understood with reference to concepts such as continuity, loss, change and liminality. This essay is an opportunity to demonstrate that you have acquired extensive knowledge and critical analysis of the significance of transitions to children and families. You also need to show that you know of and can critically analyse several strategies that can be used to support children with loss or change. The module audiovisual material (Activity 7.4) will be useful here. It will also be important to show that you understand what liminality is, how it features in childrens lives and how awareness of liminality can help practitioners support children.
You may wish to include something about transitions and resilience, but be careful not to make resilience the focus of this essay as it is not the focus of this assignment. Transitions, particularly those involving loss and change, are important elements of childrens emotional and social lives. They may cause changes to childrens behaviour. Transitions may also be marked by social rituals. Transitions are often a process rather than an outcome. These could all be important things to explore in your assignment.
TMA 02 assesses:
After studying this module, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
1.2 the emotional, physical, intellectual, social and moral lives of children aged 012 as they develop and experience transitions in their lives
1.3 the range of complex issues relating to child/adult relations and their implications for work with children, including how these impact on effective communication and engagement with children
3.2 communicate accurately and clearly in styles adapted to the purpose and context
3.4 reflect upon and learn from personal experience and apply it to theoretical and practical issues
4.2 develop a skilled and ethical approach to working with children
4.3 develop communication and engagement skills that could be applied to work with children
4.5 critically analyse policies, practices and evidence bases for a) listening to children b) promoting childrens wellbeing and c) multi-agency working with children and families.