Child development is a topic of great importance that can be approached from a variety of perspectives. From a biblical perspective, children are mentioned in reference to the kingdom of God. Was it a certain quality of children that Jesus was referring to or their position in society? In either case, Jesus clearly identified children as his concern. For this issue, we have focused on children and international development from historical, socio-cultural, biblical and theological perspectives.
Gradually we have come to a better understanding of the relationship between early childhood/adolescent development and later adult life experience. One of WCIU’s recent Ph.D. graduates researches the effect of early childhood education and explores how children’s talents are nurtured through education in Korea. She has since developed series of training seminars coaching and mentoring parents, teachers, and ministers.
Dr. Greg Burch opens us to the opportunities of participatory methodologies applied in research among children and how the process allows children to be both “research objects as well as researchers who participate and inform studies looking at interventions, therefore “bring(ing) positive change and development.”
Namarr Newson takes us back in history to the 18th century and describes how a diverse group of people related to the Wyandot Indian tribe “contributed to the development of children’s education/vocational training” in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
Dr. Clara Cheng explores how self-esteem, an important variable undergirding one’s ability to cope with cross-cultural stress, has its formation in a child’s early upbringing. She draws from her expertise in childhood and adult development and relates original findings from her study of Hong Kong cross-cultural workers.
Kenton Moody presents cases from El Salvador, where fatherless children often get drawn into a downward social spiral and become victimized. Keenly aware of the family struggle, Kenton proposes “a viable solution to provide . . . fatherly protection and unlimited love for those youth at risk.”
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