Adult perspectives on risks and young children’s learning in Chinese and English contexts
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Risk is a double estimate of probability, conveying both positive and negative consequences. Children nowadays are not only influenced by various factors of risk but threatened by the performance of behaviours of risk. Adult anxiety about the impact of a society of risk on children’s lives prevails in contemporary society. Taken from my PhD research project, this paper aims to explore adult perceptions of the relationship between risks and young children’s learning in Chinese and English contexts. The study reveals both similarities and differences between the two contexts. The comparison highlights the issues of risk for young children both as a global trend and as a social cultural construct.
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