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The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Research

The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Research

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November 2015 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main contexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children. 

The Handbook includes sections on:

  • the field of early childhood research and its key contributions
  • new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research
  • collecting and analysing data
  • applications of early childhood research

This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.

Ann Farrell, Sharon Lynn Kagan and E. Kay M. Tisdall
Chapter 1: Early Childhood Research: An Expanding Field
Marisa Morin, Jennifer Glickman and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
Chapter 2: Parenting and the Home Environment
Carmen Dalli and E. Jayne White
Chapter 3: Group-Based Early Childhood Education and Care for Under-2-Year-Olds
Bronwen Cohen and Marta Korintus
Chapter 4: Young Children in their Local Communities
E. Kay M. Tisdall
Chapter 5: Participation, Rights and ‘Participatory’ Methods
Peter Moss
Chapter 6: Where am I? Position and Perspective in Researching Early Childhood Education
Katrien De Graeve
Chapter 7: Theorizing Identities in Early Childhood
Lesley Anne Gallacher
Chapter 8: Theorizing Young Children’s Spaces
Mary E. Young
Chapter 9: Converting the Science of Early Human Development into Action
Michael Anderson and Corinne Reid
Chapter 10: Theoretical Insights from Neuroscience in Early Childhood Research
Sharon Lynn Kagan, Maria Caridad Araujo, Analia Jaimovich and Yyannú Cruz Aguayo
Chapter 11: Understanding Systems Theory and Thinking
Ann Farrell
Chapter 12: Ethics in Early Childhood Research
Stephen R. Zubrick
Chapter 13: Longitudinal Research: Applications for the Design, Conduct and Dissemination of Early Childhood Research
Kristina Konstantoni and Marlies Kustatscher
Chapter 14: Conducting Ethnographic Research in Early Childhood Research
Jean D. Clandinin, Janice Huber, Jimmy Menon, M. Shaun Murphy and Cindy Swanson
Chapter 15: Narrative Inquiry
Jack Sidnell
Chapter 16: A Conversation Analytic Approach to Research on Early Childhood
Margaret Carr, Bronwen Cowie and Linda Mitchell
Chapter 17: Documentation in Early Childhood Research
Elizabeth Wood
Chapter 18: Understanding Complexity in Play through Interpretivist Research
Gordon Cleveland
Chapter 19: Econometrics and the Study of Early Childhood
Sibnath Deb and Anjali Gireesan
Chapter 20: Contexts of Risk and Exploitation
Claire O’Kane
Chapter 21: Children in Conflict Situations
Eugene E. García
Chapter 22: Dual Language Learners
Alan Pence and Emily Ashton
Chapter 23: Early Childhood Research in Africa
Jason C. Yip, Michael H. Levine, Alexis R. Lauricella and Ellen Wartella
Chapter 24: Early Learning and Healthy Development in A Digital Age
Irene Rizzini and Malcolm Bush
Chapter 25: Using Early Childhood Research to Inform and Influence Public Policy
Auma Okwany and Hasina Ebrahim
Chapter 26: Rethinking Epistemology and Methodology in Early Childhood Research in Africa
Nirmala Rao, Jin Sun and Ying Wang
Chapter 27: Cognitive Research in Developing Countries
Helen Penn
Chapter 28: Social and Political Landscapes of Childhood
Jackie Marsh
Chapter 29: Researching Technologies in Children’s Worlds and Futures
Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson
Chapter 30: What is the Future of Sustainability in Early Childhood?
Sharon Lynn Kagan, E. Kay M. Tisdall and Ann Farrell
Chapter 31: Future Directions in Early Childhood Research

The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Research is a major addition to the literature on early childhood. More than an introduction to the field, it offers significant challenges, and progress in thinking, for theory, research, policy and practice – and for the relationships between those dimensions. Ann Farrell, Sharon Kagan and Kay Tisdall are extremely well-qualified to oversee such a collection, bringing as they do substantial expertise from three continents. Many of the contributors are equally distinguished and come from all over the world, making this a truly international volume. The focus is equally on ‘majority’ and ‘minority’ worlds, and the chapters include leading-edge contributions in fields as diverse as neuroscience and children affected by armed conflict. This book will have an important place on the bookshelves of everyone seriously interested in early childhood research.

Nigel Patrick Thomas
Professor of Childhood and Youth Research School of Social Work University of Central Lancashire

This handbook provides a comprehensive, wide-ranging and global overview of the intersection of research with practice and policy in early childhood development. The all-star cast, with expertise across the world's regions and the sectors of early childhood, provides probing and forward-looking syntheses, with extraordinarily useful recommendations for the field.

Hiro Yoshikawa
Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt

With this book the distinguished authors provide a global perspective on the transformative potential of childhood research. By illuminating the use of ethical methodologies and a rights-based approach to research, the reader learns about avenues to address the diverse contexts of young children, investigate conceptual and theoretical underpinnings to early childhood research as a timely commitment to reform policies and practices.  

Ina Joubert
Head of Early Childhood Education Department, University of Pretoria

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