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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Early Childhood Studies

A Multidisciplinary Approach

ISBN 9781137274014
Publication Date April 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

‘If you can only afford one book on early childhood, it has to be this one. Early Childhood Studies provides a compelling and comprehensive introduction to the field. Engagingly accessible as a textbook, yet effortlessly scholarly, this volume is essential reading and a 'must-have' companion for all with an interest in understanding early childhood in contemporary times.’ 
- Mary Jane Kehily, Professor of Gender and Education at The Open University, UK

‘This is a fully comprehensive examination of childhood. It will make an excellent core textbook for students of Early Childhood Studies; they will find it interesting, easy to read and informative. I would be proud to have written it myself!’
Penny Farrelly, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Society and Health, Bucks New University, UK

Set to be the new go-to text for Early Childhood Studies, this comprehensive book provides an essential introduction to the field. Written in a fresh and interesting style, the book covers topics such as early childhood in a global context; historical and contemporary theories of child development; sociologies and representations of childhood; early education, diversity and inclusion; and health and well-being. 

A section on working with children and adults in early years contexts gives an overview of the many and varied career opportunities in the sector. The final chapters provide a guide to observing children and conducting original research in childcare settings in preparation for an extended study or dissertation. Throughout the book, Jenny Willan makes vital links between theory and practice and helps prepare students for a career working with a diverse community of children, parents and professionals.

Each chapter features:

  •          Points for further critical reflection, to encourage deeper discussion and test your understanding
  •          Real-life examples and engaging case studies to help you apply theory to practice
  •          Set assignments, key topics for further discussion, and extensive signposting to further reading and resources.

This is a must-read text for students on degree courses in Early Childhood Studies or those specialising in education in Early Years settings, as well as professionals already working in the field.

Jenny Willan (née Gubb) has previously worked as a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Plymouth, UK, and as a researcher at the University of Cambridge and the National Foundation for Educational Research. She has co-edited two previous books on early childhood and contributed articles to various journals, and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Early Years Education. She has also authored several children’s stories.

PART I: UNDERSTANDING EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES
Chapter 1: What is Early Childhood Studies?
Chapter 2: Early Childhood in a Global Context
Chapter 3: Some Theories of Child Development
PART II: UNDERSTANDING CHILD DEVELOPMENT: SUPPORTING THE UNIQUE CHILD
Chapter 4: Physical Development: the interplay of body and brain
Chapter 5: Cognitive Development
Chapter 6: Socialisation, Language and Play
Chapter 7: Emotional and Moral Development
PART III: IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD: SHAPING CHILDREN'S LIVES
Chapter 8: Children and Families in Context
Chapter 9: Representations of Childhood
Chapter 10: Early Education
PART IV: CHILDREN IN SOCIETY: EVERY CHILD MATTERS
Chapter 11: Early Childhood Social Policy
Chapter 12: Diversity and Inclusion
Chapter 13: Health and Well-being
PART V: THE CHILDREN'S WORKFORCE: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Chapter 14: Professional Practice for Early Childhood
Chapter 15: Taking the Lead in Early Years Professional Practice
PART VI: RESEARCH IN EARLY CHILDHOOD: SEEING CHILDREN DIFFERENTLY
Chapter 16: Understanding Young Children through Observation and Assessment
Chapter 17: Doing Early Childhood Research.

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