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Studying Childhood and Early Childhood

Studying Childhood and Early Childhood
A Guide for Students

Second Edition
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April 2010 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Covering all the key themes, different theoretical views and approaches to studying childhood and early childhood, this book guides you through your course, telling you exactly what is expected of you throughout your studies. It will ensure you develop the skills you need to become successful, and key areas covered include:
  • making the transition from personal experience of children, to studying childhood
  • making the most of your lectures
  • writing good assignments
  • learning how to study independently
  • developing your critical thinking
  • drawing on the full range of student resources (people, services, research visits)
  • getting a job in the early years sector.

The new edition has been thoroughly updated and now contains:

  • a new chapter on placements and visits
  • detailed advice on how to avoid plagiarism
  • full consideration of multi-agency working, throughout every chapter
  • advice on career opportunities and further study.

Designed to support students in their studies and beyond, this book is an essential purchase for anyone studying childhood or early childhood.

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Key Course Themes
Reading into Writing
Producing a Good Assignment
Visits, Observations and Placements
Doing Your Dissertation or Research Project
Life afterwards: Getting a Job and Further Study
Further Reading and Resources


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'This new revised edition includes a new chapter on placements and more thoroughly considers the role and place of multi-agency working...Chapter 4 is particularly useful and provides an excellent discussion on making informed judgements in professional practice...Overall the book is comprehensive in its coverage of core skills and very accessible for students. It captures the challenges faced by Early Childhood students well and emphasises the importance of making and justifying professional decisions. There is also a comprehensive list of further reading and resources which will undoubtedly be useful for both new and final year students' -

'[This book] is a great guide to read prior to beginning a course and will help prepare students not only for studying childhood at degree level, but also for writing assignments and carrying out research projects too. It even offers advice on career opportunities and 'next steps' after completing a course' -
Nursery Education PLUS

'I think this is an excellent book for childhood and early childhood students, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The authors have captured precisely the challenging issues for students, and this book really helps to develop students' understanding of the importance of knowledge and judgement in their future work with children' - Elise Alexander, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Roehampton University

Useful tool for mature aged Foundation Students returning to study after a break

Mrs Nicola Demetriadi
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
February 17, 2015

A really useful book for students both on early childhood studies course and foundation degree

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
January 9, 2015

A good all rounder

Ms Ros Sanders
Faculty of health and science, University of Cumbria
June 16, 2014

This is a great companion for students studying for their BA in Childhood studies. I feel it is especially beneficial for students who have returned to education after a break.

Mrs Sharron Galley
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
September 13, 2013

Brilliant lots of case studies and to think about sections throughout the text to reinforce understanind of subject area.

Miss Paula Ledson
Health, Socail CAre and Childcare, Warrington Collegiate Institute
August 30, 2013

Interesting read, with a good overview for anyone considering studying early childhood. Useful for learners studying at level 4 to 6.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
June 14, 2013

A useful book giving a plethora of relevant and necessary information for students regarding study skills. The practical issues and case studies are pertinent. The front cover would benefit from a picture/photograph.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
March 20, 2013

A fantastic resource which offers examples and guidance for academic writing. The section which translates phrases from every day conversation into academic language is especially helpful. Idea for students studying Early Childhood Studies, Learning Support or Education at Foundation Degree or Degree level.

Miss Emma Baxter
School of Care, Ystrad Mynach College
March 15, 2013

For the theory part of the TA Level 2 and 3 courses this text is excellent and will be well used in my sessions

Mrs Heather Langridge
Education , Nelson & Colne College
September 13, 2012

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