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What Joyce Learnt From Her Mother

Barbara Tizard

Nowadays it is widely assumed that professionals have a good deal to teach parents about how to educate and bring up children. Nursery school, for example, is seen, not just as a secure and enjoyable environment for children, but as a place where their language and intellectual development will be fostered by professional attention. This is especially claimed in the case of working class children, whose parents are believed not to develop their language adequately.

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