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  1. Tear Fund Project

    Some Tear Fund workers stay there and look after people that have become too weak and help them until they get better. In this way they are fulfilling their dream of following in the example of Jesus and becoming more like him. Tear Fund is not just people being religious towards God but also caring for people in need and helping them. Jesus said that loving God and loving people can't be separated, and that loving means action. It isn't enough just to feel; you have to act on that good feeling.

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  2. Compare how Fanthorpe and Scannel present the viewpoint and concerns of a child to us in "Half-past Two" and "Hide and Seek"

    The word "Time" is also given capital letters, this is significant in that the child recognises that time is important but again does not know why. This infers to us that the child's experience of the world is harsh and very unfair as if only they had more knowledge, something they cannot achieve themselves, then they would have more of an understanding about the world and not commit the "wrongs" they do. Furthermore, we also recognise that the child refers to his teacher as "She" again using capital letters.

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  3. The Central Arguments in the Abortions Debates are the Rights.

    Of course, not all abortions take place due to the welfare of the child's life when it leaves the mothers womb. Having the pregnancy terminated for a trivial thing such as gender is not a valid reason. But sometimes there are very valid points in which an abortion should take place. If your thinking that there are no valid points then imagine a 15yr old girl. She has been raped and as a result she is pregnant. Carrying the child to full term can affect the girl's education and life.

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  4. Lifespan Development - moral & social development - a case study

    Inside his body will be producing hormones and they will be running wild and will be playing a large part in his life. Physically he is turning into a man and that is affecting him mentally. During adolescence, it is appropriate for youngsters to have and demonstrate a need to separate from their parents and establish their own identity. He believes that because he has grown physically and that he has also grown mentally and is able to look after himself.

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  5. School Policy On Bullying Speech

    This may sound odd, but have you, a teacher ever been bullied by a pupil? So many teachers are being abused but they don't report it or ignore it- I am here to persuade you to deal with this. It isn't your fault- it's only ever the bully's fault. It is important that you understand why the bullying is in process. Do you know why the child is doing the bullying? There are all sorts of reasons why children bully- the main reason being in power. Some bullies may have been bullied themselves and deal with their own fears by distressing others.

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  6. Tres Marias and Macondo as places of revitalization for characters in the works - In The House Of Spirits and One Hundred Years of Solitude are two books that use the place of habituation to develop themes and characters.

    Esteban had to get away from civilization. He moved out to a new rural home, Tres Marias. At Tres Marias Esteban began his new life. Tres Marias for Esteban was like whipping the slate clean and starting all over. He moved to a place where no one knew him. He wanted to try and forget about what happened with Rosa the Beautiful. He was successful at this. Esteban has many sexual relationships with peasant women. He also wanted to establish himself as a power and have the ability to dictate to a group of people. Basically, Esteban wanted to turn his life around and accomplish something successful and meaningful with his life.

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  7. 'To what extent do research studies support the view that maternal deprivation can have long term effects on individuals?'

    Early attachments by the primary caregiver are important in the child's latter life. This is supported by a study carried out in 1944 by Bowlby. The participants were patients of the child guidance clinic, half of which were referred to the clinic for stealing, whilst the other half because they were emotionally maladjusted. Some of the 'thieves' were diagnosed as 'affectionless psychopaths'; none of the emotionally maladjusted were. The results from this study are significant, 86% of those diagnosed as 'affectionless psychopaths' had experienced early and prolonged separations from their mothers, whereas very few of the non-psychopathic thieves had experienced such separations.

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  8. Does everyone have the right to have children?

    Infertility is a medical condition and to many it is a devastating fact portrayed through mental and social aspects of life, people sometimes forget that they should try to treat infertility instead of looking for other options which lead to obtaining a child. Fewer British people receive fertility treatments in comparison to any other European country; this is according to the latest statistics. Only a tiny proportion of such procedures are paid for by the NHS, with the result that they are prohibitively expensive for many.

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  9. Describe two theories of cognitive development and evaluate these in terms of their application to education

    The four stages are described as follows-: The first stage is the Sensorimotor Stage. Within this stage the child reacts to all situations using their reflexes to initiate an action and therefore a response. In addition, during this stage they begin to perform the concepts of object permanence. This is the understanding of different objects through self-discovery and physical interaction with the objects and the surroundings. At the beginning of this stage, the child believes once an object is out of sight, it no longer exists. However, further on through the stage the child realises that out of sight does not always mean the object ceases to exist.

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  10. I have decided to carry out my observational child study on Bethany. She is my sister's child. Her birthday is on the 14th November and her age now is 3years and 4months.

    Personality Bethany's personality changes throughout the day. If she is tired she is quiet and won't speak and becomes in more of a temper. When she is happy she is a very bubbly child and will talk to everyone. Bethany likes singing and dancing to song on the television and radio. Bethany also has a very loving side; she likes to have a cuddle during the day. She is also a very caring child, if you're not well or you have hurt yourself she will ask you if you're all right and she will help you.

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  11. A Parental Ode To My Son Aged three years and five months

    The poem starts off by saying "Thou happy elf!". At this stage in the poem the father is in love with the child and calls him a happy elf. An elf is slightly mischievous and perhaps the father knows that the boy is as well. "Thou merry, laughing sprite!" again shows that the father is proud and delighted with his son. In the second stanza the father completely changes his mood and becomes cross and angry with his son.

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  12. Breast Feeding Why is breast milk best

    Breast feeding can save families as much as $100 per month in formula costs. Breast feeding can save families even more money by reducing medical costs for healthier mothers and healthier babies. Experts also agree that breast feeding holds many other benefits for both the mother and infant. It's true. Bottled milk does offer some advantages, such as extra sleep and more freedom to go out. However, the psychological benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the psychological benefits of bottle feeding.

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  13. "Day Care jeopardizes the development of children". Use your text books for arguments for and against!

    In other words, they have developed relationship skills and a certain level of independence. A large body of research, mainly from the USA, has been concerned with how day care affects children's social development. To some extent the findings are contradictory. Some studies indicate that day care has positive effects on social development. Children who appear to be more independent and self-sufficient, they cope better with new situations, they are more popular with their peers (children of the same age), they are more cooperative and helpful both with other children and the parents.

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  14. There has been an on-going debate about the relationship between the ideas of Vygotsky and Piaget for many years. A comparison of learning theories will be made between these two psychologists.

    "Vygotsky was aware of Piaget's work but unlike Piaget, he believed that the social environment was just as important in the child's cognitive as biological maturation. Modern research shows that Piaget seems to have seriously underestimated social influences in this area". (N.Hayes and S.Orrell , 1998) J.B.Watson (1913) believed that "thought is language" whereas Piaget was saying the opposite to this, he believed "language is thought". For Piaget it is thinking which is the most important and the child only develops language because it is a useful tool of thought.

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  15. Describe the main features of Piaget's theory of cognitive development.

    For example a newborn child has built-in innate schemas that respond to reflex responses ie. Looking schema, grasping schema, etc. According to Piaget new schemas form as a response to the environment. They are a cognitive plan which enables us to deal with problems and new concepts. Operation is, according to Piaget, a higher order of mental state that is not present at birth but usually acquired during middle childhood. It is a complex set of rules and understanding of the environment and is characterised by the process of reversibility.

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  16. Mother Teresa.

    After spending some time in Ireland, she was sent to Calcutta, where she taught geography, history and catechism, at St. Mary's High School just outside of Calcutta. She later became principal of the school, and mastered Hindi and Bengali. However, the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1946 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poor in the slums of Calcutta.

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  17. An analysis of language features present in

    It is also reinforced by the generally simple lexis and syntax, the presence of phonetic effect such as rhyme and alliteration and the fast pace of the story which prevents a young listener losing interest. Carroll never stays with one idea for longer than is necessary; when Alice falls down the rabbit hole the narrator says "Down, down, down.", this is an example of triadism which is often present is children's literature because the repetition focuses the child's concentration and the third repetition gives a pleasanter rhythm however, Carroll also uses it to give the impression of a great distance without being verbose.

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  18. Roethke's Exploration of ideas in 'My Papa's Waltz'

    Furthermore, the way that the child notices that his mother's 'countenance could not unfrown its self' implies that the child is deeply attached to his parents, as any young child would be, and worries about his mother being left out of his experience. Roethke explores the love that a small child has for his parents clearly and in a way which make the reader feel involved. Roethke introduces us to a 'small boy'. This deliberately implies that the child is not only physically small but also young and vulnerable.

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  19. I am going to observe a 3-year-old girl over the next 6 months. In each 6 visits I will observe and record the development.

    After awhile she becomes quite confident and cheeky, and starts to show her emotions more. She shows her excitement by screaming a lot, and squealing. Environment Ammna's parents have been married for 9 years and she has very close bonds with her father. Ammna is there first and only child, because of this it seems like she is quite spoilt by all the family. Her mother's sister lives quite close by and she visits them at least once a week.

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  20. Sun stricken

    When Eliza was born something wasn't right she didn't quite look normal. She was born at home on 23rd of January 2030. My Dad is a doctor and he knew all along something was going to be wrong with this baby. That's why they never wanted a doctor or a mid wife there. It was almost like they were ashamed or embarrassed. That's when it struck me; they were too humiliated to own a baby with disability's they didn't want the hassle of having to walk down the street and everyone just staring and talking behind closed doors.

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  21. "Christian parents should make sure their children receive take part in church life". To what extent do you agree? Give reasons for your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer.

    However (and here is where I get shouted at) I feel that taking the child to church at least once a week from birth until the age of twelve, when most children can begin to really appreciate what is going on, would be prejudice the child, if not out rightly brainwash them against other possibilities. Admittedly the Christian church makes no allowance for other possibilities, and so as a true Christian this would make life a lot simpler. However, and this can be said for all religions not just Christianity, a child is most likely to follow the path they grow up in.

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  22. The meaning of normal development means what is expected from that specific person at that certain age.

    Normal development in the social perspective, E.G., a child 0-3 years should be familiar of family members, such as mother, father, brothers and sisters. The child should know how to interact and communicate within the family. The child learns primary socialisation through family. Delayed development in the social perspective, take for example, the child was abandoned from the family and did not learn or had not been given the chance to interact or communicate with family members.

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  23. Adolescent Pregnancy

    One of the primary being the myths of how easy it is to raise children brings a kind of romanticism to it, and that often misleads girls into feeling they are capable of keeping and sustaining a pregnancy and child. Some girls have the belief that a child would cause her boyfriend to marry her, or a child would bring them closer in a relationship. How much does this affect us? "Four out of ten" girls in the United States will become pregnant before age 20.

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  24. Gary Soto, in his passage from A Summer Life, depicts the guilt of his six-year-old self during a pie-stealing escapade.

    Throughout the passage, Soto's imagery dominates the phrasing. His sophisticated constructions and comparisons allow the reader to visualize the scenery just as the young pie thief himself would. As he is described wiping his "sticky fingers on the grass and [rolling his] tongue over the corners of [his] mouth," the reader gets an accurate view of just how involved the juvenile Soto was in his indulgence.

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  25. Discard the old and make way for the new

    What made me forget the urgency of my errand? What was so compelling about the sight of this wizened old man that caused me to pause and reflect? Worse still, why was I so moved by this pitiful sight when all around me were the sad listless faces of the homeless crouching in their corners and the starving and destitute street children competing with each other for handouts? This pathetic image spoke volumes as I imagined his plight as his twilight years were drawing to an end. I drew closer and could just make out some features which were not obscured by his hands.

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