Childhood studies aim to study children and youth across the disciplines in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, medicine, and law. This is an interdisciplinary practical and research field analysing various aspects of growing up in the society, with particular emphasis on psychological, pedagogic, legislative and educational aspects. Writing a good essay would involve a thorough literature research on your topic. Academic publication databases should be searched for relevant articles and reviews. Usual web search is unlikely to produce a comprehensive overview of existing body of knowledge since these days many scientific articles are simply not available in the free access.
Clear well-defined structure with logical and coherent flow of information is critically important. Your essay should tell a “story”, which would include basic well-established facts, recent developments, new findings, their interpretations and relevant theories, differences in opinions and potential future research directions.
Reviewing up-to-date information would help to demonstrate not only your ability to learn the things taught at the classes but also to research and interpret new data. The latter is the most important skill for any independent researcher and something that, in the short terms, would bring you excellent marks.
Recent decades saw a significant overhaul of practical and educational approaches employed by people working with children and parents. Legislation, policies and procedures to safeguard children have also changed significantly. There is a growing trend to empower children to develop independence and self-reliance. In view of these changes, the development of specific communication and professional skills is of paramount importance for people working within the child care and education.
The aim of your essay is to show that you understand the material and that you are able to think critically about it. To do this, your paper does have to show some independent thinking.
Research data and illustrative examples selected for essay should follow the logics of your essay. They should be not just relevant, but arranged in an order that helps to illustrate the right points at the right time. This would make the essay easily readable and understandable. Ability to communicate your thought clearly is always one of the points your essay will be marked for.
Obviously, the structure, depth and complexity of essay depend on the particular task at hands. The requirements for short undergraduate work and postgraduate dissertation are very different. But the major “selling” points mentioned above are always highly appreciated.