Child Rearing in the Family: Social Perspective in Latvia

Nora Jansone-Ratinika, Dace Medne, Ilze Dinka

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Transformations in the socio-political situation of Latvia after regaining
independence in 1991 initiated a search for and presentation of a new emphasis on family pedagogy, which determined the dominant discourses in the topic of child rearing. The situation reveals a problem of research and substantiates our aim: to identify and analyse how the change in the discourse of child rearing reflects the dynamics of pedagogical thought in Latvia from 1990 to 2004. Our study was quantitative, applying content analysis and discourse analysis methods that allow analytical and descriptive comparisons of the narratives in My Little One and Yearbook with concepts in pedagogical literature and other sources. Ideological attitudes during the periods of post-independence and
Europeanisation reveal dual tendencies: society is partially inclined to renew the patriarchal order of the interwar period, but advancement of democracy and emancipation determines reformation of the traditional order. Even though family is assigned an important role at the state level, proposed support and initiatives do not form a holistic framework of assuring resources. An obstacle for unified advancement is seen in polarisation – categorical denial of the ideological settings and practices of the Soviet period or glorification of the pedagogical ideas of the interwar period and uncritical euphoric acceptance of international tendencies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPedagogy and Educational Sciences in the Post-Soviet Baltic States, 1990–2004: Changes and Challenges
EditorsIveta Kestere, Ene Silvia Sarv, Irena Stonkuviene
Place of PublicationRiga
PublisherUniversity of Latvia Press
ISBN (Print)9789934185427
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Field of Science*

  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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