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Studying Childhood and Early Childhood

Studying Childhood and Early Childhood
A Guide for Students

Second Edition
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May 2010 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"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 judgment in their future work with children."
- Elise Alexander, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Roehampton University

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.

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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An excellent book which clearly outlines what students need in order to be successul in their studies. I am sure they will dip in and out of it over the period of their Early Childhood degree.

Mrs Jackie Braithwaite
East Cheshire Business School, Macclesfield College
February 15, 2012

A good guide for EY students.

Mrs Deborah Lampert
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
December 12, 2011

Would recommend for students. Chapter 3 on producing a good assignment is particularly useful, it is a clear & concise guide. Interesting information about refencing, could have perhaps been in a bit more detail. I liked the case studies throughout the book, they give the personal touch for students.

Mrs Claire York
Education , Nelson & Colne College
November 8, 2011

very helpful for tutors and for students. Helps to manage expectations from both perspectives - using this to inform induction for 2011/2012

Mrs Jeanne Barczewska
School of Education, University of Northampton
June 20, 2011

This book fills a much needed gap in the toolkit for early childhood studies students. It is extremely well laid out, informative and supportive with excellent key points highlighted in the text. The questions raised are entirely relevant to students' needs and don't patronise or over simplify. The case studies highlighting what the tutors are really asking are spot on and raise challenging questions for the students and supports them with strategies and skills for them to be successful. Highly recommended as an essential text for all early childhood studies students.

Maureen Brookson
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
May 25, 2011

A very good book for students studying early childhood courses. The book gives lots of ideas on how to tackle course work, and enables the students to reflect by giving them 'things to thing about'

Mrs Maria Johnson
Community Learning Service, North East Lincolnshire Council
April 20, 2011

I wish this book had been available at the start of this academic year. I feel it will be a great assett to those writing assignments for the first time as well as developing understanding of working with children. The chapters fit so well with my course criteria I will be bringing it to the attention of all my learners

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
April 15, 2011

This book has an excellent list of recommended reading and useful internet sites which have been grouped together. As students sometimes have difficulty discriminating academic sources.
Good advice given for graduates after their degree.
This is an easy read and gives pertinent advice and tips on how to develop and succeeed in academic research and writing related to childhood studies.
Excellent case studies and examples bring this text to life.
As first year tutor I would highly recommend this book to all students.

Mrs Ruth Davies
Education and Community pp13, Glyndwr University
March 23, 2011

A welcome second edition of what was already a very useful text for our early childhood studies students

Dr Patricia Giardiello
Education , Liverpool Hope University
March 9, 2011

An easy to access text for students at the beginning of their studies.

Mrs Jenny Carey
Dept of Childhood & Primary Studies, Strathclyde University
January 26, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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