Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies

Paperback Early Childhood Studies

Edited by Rod Parker-Rees, Edited by Caroline Leeson, Edited by Jan Savage, Edited by Jenny Willan


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  • Publisher: Learning Matters Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 242mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 18 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Exeter
  • ISBN 10: 1844453510
  • ISBN 13: 9781844453511
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 559,109

Product description

The third edition of this popular core text provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the course content for Early Childhood Studies. The contents list reflects the multi-disciplinary and multi-professional scope of the discipline and provides an overview of current issues and approaches. Seven new chapters have been added including those on Frameworks for Understanding and Development, Providing an Enabling Environment and Action Research. Each chapter includes activities to help the reader engage with the text and advice on further reading.

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Author information

Rod Parker-Rees is the co-ordinator of Early Childhood Studies and joint programme director for the BA (Hons) ECS at the University of Plymouth, where he also helped to develop the Early Childhood Studies Specialist pathway on the Bed and the BA (Hons) degree in ECS. Before he taught three to five year-old children in Bristol and conducted research with the National Primary Centre (South West). His research interests centre on playfulness, early communication and the role of young children as active social agents. Caroline Leeson teaches on modules with a focus on social policy, child protection, leadership and multi-disciplinary working. Previously, she worked as social worker in mental health, child protection, fostering and adoption and has managed a family centre in a diverse ethnic community. Her research interests include the welfare of looked after children; leadership in early years and the co-construction of research with young children. Dr Jan Savage was joint co-ordinator of Early Childhood Studies at the University of Plymouth until August 2005, and helped to create the specialist pathway on the B Ed and BA (Hons) degree in ECS. Shehas always been interested in promoting an inter-disciplinary collaborative approach to Continued Professional Development work in Early Years. She is currently working as a tutor on the national leadership programme for Children Centre leaders, deputies and others across professional boundaries (NPQICL). Jenny Willan teaches on modules with a focus on research methodology. She previously worked in educational research at the University of Cambridge and the National Foundation for Educational Research. She has worked on children's writing, gender studies and teacher action research.

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"A good range of relevant subjects, covered in an accessible form ... the authors understand the audience they are writing for and balance academic rigour and readability well." Lecturer, University of Cumbria

Table of contents

Part 1: What can children do? Sociocultural factors in development Frameworks for understanding development Active playing and learning Developing communication: enjoying the company of other people Children's health and wellbeing: investigating the health of the nation Part 2: Working with children: extending opportunities for participation Observing children Providing an enabling environment Tackling inequality in the early years Part 3: Multi-professional practice: developing empowering communities Working with colleagues Leadership in early childhood settings The benefits of comparison: recent developments in the German early years workforce Part 4: Comparing children's worlds: making the familiar strange Adults' concepts of childhood Children's well-being in the developing world The research, policy and practice triange in early childhood education and care Part 5: Researching practice: developing critical engagement In praise of reflective practice Research projects in early childhood studies: students' active explorations of children's worlds Action research