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Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies
A Student's Guide

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December 2018 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Underpinned by ecological theories of development concerned with children, families and communities, this book provides the reader with philosophical, economic and sociological insights and with the latest thinking emerging from post-humanism. In so doing, it provides tools that enable students to research childhood, to understand the complexities of often seemingly simple matters and to navigate critically ever-changing policy and practice in early childhood. Its breadth, depth and currency cannot fail to impress."

- Ian Barron, Professor of Early Childhood Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University

Student focused and designed to support critical thinking, this brand new textbook is mapped to early childhood degrees and is designed to cover the breadth and depth of content across the course. Focused on seeing children in the context of the world they live in, it provides students with a range of perspectives and insights to help them understand the complexities of early childhood, develop their own critical ideas and apply theory to practice.

A range of features in the book and resources online help students:

Get to grips with the basic with:
Spotlights on people, policy and practice 
An extensive Glossary in the book along with online Flashcards

Learn from others with:
Video insights from academics and practitioners
Student perspectives at the start of each chapter

Prepare for Assignments with:
Further reading resources in the book and online to enable wider reading
Spotlights on research and reflection points to develop critical thinking skills

Relate to practice with:
Case study scenarios of real-life settings
Action point activities to put theory into practice
Damien Fitzgerald & Heloise Maconochie
PART I: The Individual Child
Rita Winstone
Chapter 1: The emergence of Early Childhood Studies: an historic overview
Heloise Maconochie
Chapter 2: The brain and children’s early development
Fufy Demissie
Chapter 3: Children as thinkers: Philosophy for Children
Karen Daniels & Roberta Taylor
Chapter 4: Children as learners: multimodal perspectives on play and learning
Sarah Rawding
Chapter 5: Creativity, curiosity and resilience
PART II: Children Interacting
Tanya Richardson
Chapter 6: Children as communicators: peers and others
Caron Carter
Chapter 7: Children’s friendships
Eunice Lumsden
Chapter 8: Children within the family context
Philippa Thompson
Chapter 9: 'Supporting’ play
Part III: Supporting Children
Penny Borkett
Chapter 10: Inclusion and participation
Pam Dewis
Chapter 11: Children's health
Marie Lavelle
Chapter 12: The politics of children's services
Ginny Boyd
Chapter 13: Safeguarding children
Sigrid Brogaard-Clausen, Sofia Guimaraes, Michelle Cottle & Sally Howe
Chapter 14: Young children's wellbeing: conceptualising, assessing and supporting wellbeing
Ester Ehiyazaryan-White
Chapter 15: Children, families and English as an additional language
Part IV: The Social Environment
Alison Glentworth
Chapter 16: The educational environment
Heloise Maconochie & Jill Branch
Chapter 17: Working with families and professionals from other agencies
Monica Edwards
Chapter 18: Childhoods in a global context
Jenny Robson
Chapter 19: Contemporary issues
Damien Fitzgerald
Chapter 20: Young Children, Childhood and Gender
Adam Holden
Chapter 21: Technology and early digital culture
Part V: Your Journey
Jane Murray
Chapter 22: Observing and assessing children
Amanda Hatton
Chapter 23: Researching with children
Karen Barr
Chapter 24: Becoming a professional: entanglements with identity and practice
Caroline Leeson
Chapter 25: Learning through placements
Mary E. Whalley
Chapter 26: Leading quality practice

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