This book introduces the inter-disciplinary study of childhood and youth and the multi-agency practice of professionals who serve the needs of children, young people and their families. Exploring key theories and central ideas, research methodology, policy and practice, it takes a holistic, contextual approach that values difference and diversity. It examines concepts such as identity, representation, creativity and discourse and issues such as ethnicity, gender and the 'childhood in crisis' thesis. Furthermore, it challenges opinion by exploring complex and controversial modern-day issues, and by engaging with a range of perspectives to highlight debates within the field.
Paula is Programme Leader of Childhood and Youth Studies at De Montfort University with particular interests in psychosocial aspects of human behaviour and development, movement studies, communication skills and qualitative approaches to research. She values difference and diversity, promotes potential and entitlement, and wholeheartedly supports the inclusive agenda.
Part 1: Social and Cultural Perspectives of Childhood and Youth Social Constructions of Childhood and Youth Living and Learning in Different Communities: cross-cultural comparisons Childhood in Crisis? Children and Risk Part 2: Childhood and Youth Development Origins of Human Behaviour Social and Emotional development Cognitive development Adolescence Part 3: Difference, Diversity and Multidisciplinary Perspectives Children with Special Educational Needs Entitlement and Potential-Overcoming Barriers to Achievement Policy into Practice- Working with Children in Need of Protection The Reflective Practitioner