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.
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