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An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies

An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies

Third Edition
Edited by:

December 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
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
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
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
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

Essential reading that has clear text offering a rounded view of Early Years. The information is current and relevent which enables students to fully grasp the differing concepts and approaches. I really like the reflection areas that test understanding and assist with areas that may be harder to grasp. Overal a really lovely text book.

Ms Lisa Oneill
Education , City College Norwich
August 20, 2014

The course has ended and i have adopted it for Our new Early Years Educator qualification.

Ms Lisa Oneill
Education , City College Norwich
August 20, 2014

Some really useful chapters regarding the ever shifting paradigm of Childhood, policy and what constitutes effective practice.
Questions and exercises at the end of each chapter have proved useful for encouraging debate within sessions

Mrs Denise Salter
Faculty of Health Studies, Bucks New University
August 12, 2014

A good introduction to many of the topics covered in a Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies and other related courses. This text provides students with a good grounding in key concepts.

Mrs Michelle Armstrong-Harris
Vocational and Professional Studies, Guildford College
July 10, 2014

An excellent introductory text that I recommend to all my first year students.

Mrs Elizabeth Richards
Department of Social and Psychological Sciences, Edge Hill Univ.
July 9, 2014

This is an excellent book that is very accessible for students. I believe this will be a very useful resource for our students. It has been fully updated and offers students balance between and knowledge and practice.

Mrs Dawn Rigby
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
July 3, 2014

A good text for undergraduate students in childhood studies

Ms Carol Lloyd
social studies, Chichester University
June 2, 2014

This is an excellent text for undergraduate students. It relates to theoretical values, while critically analysing what this means in current day practice. There are references to further reading/information on particular points, which students should find useful. The way the chapters have been presented within the four sections help students to distinguish between different concepts.
It is helpful to have all the references at the end of the book rather than after each chapter.

I would have liked to have seen some references to Welsh educational policy.

Mrs Ruth Davies
Childhood and Family Studies ppA8, Glyndwr University
May 29, 2014

A useful textbook to assist in the preparation for course delivery on Early Childhood studies.

Miss Kate Mc Auliffe
Childcare, Cork College of Commerce
May 28, 2014

A range of childhood issues considered in a critically reflective yet accessible approach. A good balance achieved between theory and practice.

Mrs Paula Hamilton
Institute of Health, Medical Science & Society, Glyndwr University
May 19, 2014

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