I have an idealized vision of liberating children from subtle and overt oppressive social norms in society. The process of liberation that I envision looks similar to other historic social movements, such as those involving slaves, women and ethnic minorities. These movements follow (in an overly simplistic way) as such: oppressed groups in society understand the […]
A recently published article in the academic journal, Childhood, explores how disabled children and young people in the global south can meaningfully participate in research activities that seek to understand their lives.
I am particularly interested in stretching my self-awareness of power and privilege as a social researcher interested in the lives of some of […]
I am thinking of some research topics that I would like to pursue in a PhD program.
Here is one such topic: A rights-based approach to children’s participation in public-private partnerships in international development
A major reason why I am interested in this topic is I believe that it can help reduce the over-commercialization of […]Continue Reading →
I came across a good, quick definition of the term, adultism. In the past, I used the term ‘childism’ to describe the same thing. After reading more into it, I am discovering that ‘adultism’ is a preferred term by academics and is more established in the literature on the subject.
Here it is:
“Adultism is […]Continue Reading →
I began my morning by listening to a podcast interview from the CBC with Helena Kennedy, a British scholar and broadcaster, who explores human rights challenges emerging in the 21st century. The interview was part of a series called, Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights on CBC’s Ideas. Much of […]Continue Reading →
This short post summarizes the evaluation work of the Roots of Empathy program up to 2012. I was not involved in the evaluation. Regardless, I suggest some recommendations for future evaluations in different cultural contexts considering the emerging international scope of the program. You can view publications of the Roots of Empathy program Continue Reading →
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AboutNick Petten’s research and consulting interests centres on the way the private economic sector influences children’s well-being and rights. This interest began while pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University, during which he also worked at Microsoft within a national education initiative. The combination of 'learning' and 'doing' brought some powerful ethical realizations about how businesses and the private sector regard children as consumers. Those realizations has made it his social justice imperative to protect the vulnerabilities of children and childhood in the commercial marketplace while advocating for and consulting on socially responsible business practices. His overarching goal is to promote children's participation in political, economic and social engagements.
- Thoughts while reading: Children and the Feminist Ethic of Care by Tom Cockburn
- Participatory research with children with disabilities in the global south
- PhD-able research topic
- Adultism defined
- Fragile Freedoms: Podcast
- Roots of Empathy Evaluation Reflections
- Research with Children
- Presentation: Children’s Online Privacy and Rights
- The International Frameworks on Children’s Rights that Guide My Consultative Practice
- The International Discourse on Children’s Participatory Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Development as Freedom in Childhood
- Economic Benefit of Early Childhood Education
- Private Sector Financing in International Aid for Education
- Critical Literature Review on Education for All (EFA) and Private Sector Influence
- Arts Curriculum in Ontario: Epistemology and Pedagogy in Inclusive Education Practice
- Applying a Critical Theory Framework to Public-Private Partnerships
- The Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands
- SiG in the Waterloo Region
- Masters in Early Childhood Studies