An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies
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An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies

Third Edition


October 2013 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'An excellent text which offers students a rounded view of early years in the context of political agendas, while still maintaining the child at the centre of provision and understanding.'
- Stephanie Evans, University of Cumbria

'Fully up-to-date with an accessible layout and style and a balance between current research, theory and practice, this new edition will prove to be a valuable resource for all students and practitioners.'
- Jan Marks, Senior Lecturer, Early Years, University of Chester

'This should be a key text for all studying and teaching in the field of early years.'
- Ioanna Paliologou, Centre for Educational Studies, University of Hull

This new edition of an iconic book examines the key themes involved in the study of young children and childhood from a variety of disciplines and international perspectives, making essential links between theory and practice to help you apply your learning in real-life settings. 

Key additions:

  • New chapters on cultural-historical child development and childhood in a digital age
  • Renewed emphasis on reflective practice across Part 4, supporting and encouraging your professional development
  • New Reflection Points encourage deeper discussion and critical reflection, ideal for testing your understanding
  • The latest on changes in early years policy and practice
Throughout, case studies, exercises and links to further reading help you engage with key issues and test your learning, making it easier for you to get to grips with all aspects of your course.
Trisha Maynard and Sacha Powell
Introduction
 
PART ONE: PERSPECTIVES ON CHILDHOOD
Joanne Westwood
Childhood in Different Cultures
Yordanka Valkanova
Childhood through the Ages
Nigel Thomas
Sociology of Childhood
Helen Penn
The Globalisation of Early Childhood Education and Care
Jackie Marsh
Childhood in the Digital Age
 
PART TWO: THE DEVELOPING CHILD
Ruth Ford
Thinking and Cognitive Development in Young Children
Tricia David with Sacha Powell
Babies' and Young Children's Social and Emotional Development
Thea Cameron-Faulkner
Language Development in the Young Child
Justine Howard
Play and Development in Early Childhood
Marilyn Fleer
Cultural-Historical Theories of Child Development
 
PART THREE: POLICY AND PROVISION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Sonia Jackson
Early Childhood Policy and Services
Nigel Thomas
Children's Rights and the Law
Iram Siraj-Blatchford
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Dendy Platt
Child Welfare and Protection
Sally Robinson
Children's Health and Wellbeing
Siobhan O'Connor
Inclusive Policy and Practice
 
PART FOUR: DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE PRACTICE
Helen Moylett
Observing Children to Improve Practice
Alison Clark
Undertaking Research with Children
Angela Anning
Is Working Together Working?
Carol Aubrey
Effective Early Childhood Leadership
 
References
 
Index

This new edition of the book reflects on contemporary issues in the field of early childhood studies and  engages students in concepts that relate to young children. In offering theoretical perspectives of early childhood the book also draws students into  critical reflection on practice. This should be a key text for all studying and teaching in the field of early years.

Dr Ioanna Palaiologou
Centre for Educational Studies, University of Hull

An excellent text for introducing the early years to specialists and non-specialists. It offers the student a rounded view of early years in the context of political agendas, while still maintaining the child at the centre of provision and understanding.

Stephanie Hayes
University of Cumbria

Fully up to date with an accessible layout and style and a balance between current research, theory and practice, this new edition will prove to be a valuable resource for all students and practitioners interested in early childhood.

Jan Marks
Senior Lecturer, Early Years, University of Chester

With its interlinked themes and different theoretical perspectives, this book will be of interest to both students and practitioners, prompting new thoughts on how practice can be improved and developed.            

Nursery World
Nursery World

A great introduction to the field of Early years Studies

Mrs Caroline Marshall
Education, Gloucester college
August 24, 2015

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Chapter One: Childhood in Different Cultures


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