An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies (4th Revised edition)

An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies (4th Revised edition)

By: Sacha Powell (editor), Kate Smith (editor)Paperback

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This new edition of this bestselling textbook examines the key themes involved in the study of young children and childhood from a variety of disciplines and international perspectives, making essential links between theory and practice to help you apply your learning in real-life settings. Key additions include: the latest changes in early years policy 2 brand new chapters on Postmodernist theories in Education, and Education for Sustainable Development A renewed emphasis on reflective practice across Part 4, supporting and encouraging your professional development Throughout, case studies, exercises and links to further reading help you engage with key issues and test your learning, making it easier for you to get to grips with all aspects of your course.

About Author

Sacha Powell is Professor of Early Childhood Care and Education, and Director of the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her research focuses on policies and practices in the care and education of babies and children up to three. Her recent publications include the Routledge International Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care (2016). Sacha is Chair of the UK's Association for Professional Development in Early Years ( and a member of the Research Committee of The Froebel Trust ( Her first degree was in Modern Chinese with Japanese and she continues to collaborate with colleagues in early childhood settings, universities and local education bureaus in China. Kate Smith is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Childhood and Education Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to working in Higher Education she was a primary school teacher in London and Kent, coordinating Art and Literacy provision. Kate's research interests lie in young children's activities as `makers' and how we can enable children's creativity, language and literacy within early education settings. Her PhD explored young children's activity as writers in their first year of school, and she is currently researching `playful' writing opportunities in reception and year one classrooms with a group of teachers using Froebelian principles.


Part I: Perspectives on Childhood Childhood in Different Cultures - Joanne Westwood Childhood through the Ages - Yordanka Valkanova Sociology of Childhood - Nigel Thomas The Globalisation of Early Childhood Education and Care - Helen Penn Childhood in the Digital Age - Jackie Marsh Part II: The Developing Child Thinking and Cognitive Development in Young Children - Ruth Ford Babies' and Young Childrens' Social and Emotional Development - Tricia David with Sacha Powell Language Development in the Young Child - Thea Cameron-Faulkner Play and Development in Early Childhood - Justine Howard Cultural-Historical Theories of Child Development - Marilyn Fleer Part III: Policy and Provision for Young Children Early Childhood Policy and Services - Sonia Jackson Children's Rights and the Law - Nigel Thomas Early Childhood Education (ECE) - Iram Siraj-Blatchford Child Welfare and Protection - Dendy Platt Children's Health and Wellbeing - Sally Robinson Inclusive Policy and Practice - Siobhan O'Connor Part IV: Developing Effective Practice Observing Children to Improve Practice - Helen Moylett Undertaking Research with Young Children - Alison Clark Is Working Together Working? - Angela Anning Effective Early Childhood Leadership - Carol Aubrey Early Childhood Education for Sustainability - Nicola Kemp Opening Pandora's Box: Postmodernist Perspectives of Childhood - Jayne Osgood

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  • ISBN13: 9781473974838
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781473974838
  • weight: 620
  • ISBN10: 1473974836
  • edition: 4th Revised edition

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