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Child Development From Birth to 8 Years

Child Development From Birth to 8 Years
An Interdisciplinary Approach

January 2023 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
An understanding of Child Development is necessary for early childhood students as it underpins all early year’s practice and curricula. This book provides students with an in-depth understanding of the research, theory and current practice, supporting them through a complex area. Offering a fresh take, this book examines child development through a range of disciplines including psychology, education, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. Chapters are structured to support readers in understanding complex theory, with key features such as case studies which put theory into practice, reflective questions to encourage critical thinking, chapter summaries, further reading, and more.

Amanda Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Education at University of South Wales.

Alyson Lewis is Lecturer in Education Development at Cardiff University.

PART 1: Understanding interdisciplinary approaches to child development
The Psychology of Child Development
The Sociology of Child Development
The Economics of Child Development
The Anthropology of Child Development
The Philosophy of Child Development
The Neuroscience of Child Development
The Education of Child Development
PART 2: Exploring child development domains with an interdisciplinary lens
Physical Development and Growth
Social Development
Emotional Development
Creative Development
Spiritual Development
Cognitive Development
Language Development
PART 3: Understanding contemporary aspects of early childhood practice
Understanding Play through the Disciplines and Domains
Understanding Well-being through the Disciplines and Domains
Understanding Global Curricula through the Disciplines and Domains
Understanding Inclusivity through the Disciplines and Domains
Understanding How Shared Spaces Support Child Development and the Role of the Adult within this
Opportunities to Recap and Reflect (The Conclusion)

Through a multi-dimensional lens, this book is highly original, as it goes above and beyond the usual theories of children's development. For everyone in the early years arena, the content provides an holistic discourse across a breadth of disciplines, to develop our understanding of the holistic nature of children's learning and development. An easy, comprehensive and engaging read.

Miss Helen Young
Education, Leeds Beckett University
February 29, 2024

The design of this book is ideal for undergraduate students and early years professionals alike. Each chapter is structured in a simple method, with key features of knowledge, case studies, reflective questions, summary and end-of-chapter question. This consistent approach provides a thorough and comprehensive overview, that embeds knowledge and understanding through an interdisciplinary lens. Excellent coverage of child development, easy to navigate, and engaging to read.

Miss Helen Young
Education, Leeds Beckett University
May 16, 2024

This text gives a new perspective on child development to show a more inter-disciplinary approach - vital for those aiming for a career with children and families.

Mrs Rachel Strisino
Centre for Lifelong Learning, Warwick University
January 23, 2024

Really stimulating book - Thorough and in depth coverage makes this a vital text for students

Dr Julie Brierley
Faculty of Education (Hull), Hull University
July 5, 2023

I liked the interdisciplinary stand point that often gets overlooked.

Dr Kathryn Peckham
Early Childhood, Centre for Research In Early Childhood
May 2, 2023

An updated and alternative approach to child development which provides students with a fresh angle and perspective on EY.

Mrs Dominique Powell
Education, Staffordshire University
January 17, 2023

This is an essential book for anyone studying or working with young children. The book is organised through a range of disciplines that explores complex theory to practice. The challenge of discourse is woven throughout providing contemporary thinking. Excellent, forward thinking and informative.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
March 21, 2023

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