Theoretical Perspectives in CYC

This page includes resources that will help us to continue our discussion on theoretical perspectives in child and youth care.

World Views 

A video series that addresses how early childhood scholars are thinking with different theories

CBC Ideas 

A great podcast series that engages with the questions of ontology we addressed in class: How To Think About Science, Part 1 – 24

“Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Everything was subject to science, but science itself largely escaped scrutiny. This situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Historians, sociologists, philosophers and sometimes scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about how the institution of science is structured and how it knows what it knows. David Cayley talks to some of the leading lights of this new field of study.”

A Brief History of Ideas

Mahoney, M. J. (1991). Human change processes: The scientific foundations of psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books.





The rise and malaise of postmodernism (by Jeremy Smith)

In Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

“This article traces the manner in which the postmodern mood arose, the common beliefs of postmodernist doctrines and some reasons for their current malaise. It looks also at the legacy of full-blooded postmodernist thinking at the point of its impasse (embodied in a watered-down version in Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire). It addresses only the founding post-structuralist writings of postmodernism and their lasting impact and in no way professes to capture the full diversity of perspectives that appear under the heading of “postmodern”.”