This brand new textbook brings you up to date with all the latest developments and keys issues from around the globe, and helps you understand how these changes are impacting on practice in early years and primary classrooms.
Key issues in contemporary childhood are explored through three sections on The Child, The Family, and Emerging Trends, with topics including:
the `Digital Child' and the rise of new technologies
children's security and the impact of poverty, austerity and conflict
children's happiness, mental-health and wellbeing
the changing nature of families including LGBT homes, refugees, and asylum seekers
the challenges of multi-agency working
The pace of change in early childhood can be daunting, but this book helps students and practitioners understand the huge variety of issues affecting children in the UK and all over the world.
Sean MacBlain will be discussing key ideas from Contemporary Childhood in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information, click here.
"Sean MacBlain is Reader in Child Development and Disability at the University of St Mark and St John. Before taking up his current position Sean worked as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Developmental Psychology at Stranmillis University College, a College of Queens University Belfast. Prior to working as an academic, Sean worked as an educational psychologist in Belfast and Somerset, and continues in this field in his own private practice, SMB Associates SW LTD (email@example.com). Sean's research interests include the professional development of teachers and Early Years practitioners and the social and emotional development of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Sean is married to Angela and lives in Devon, England." Jill Dunn is a senior lecturer in Stranmillis University College, Belfast. She was a primary school teacher working in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One classrooms before moving into teacher education. Jill teaches widely across the BEd and PGCE Early Years programmes. However, her main interests lie in the teaching of literacy in the early years. Jill has just completed her EdD in 2013 and her dissertation focused on children's views on using popular culture to teach writing. She has been involved in a number of funded research projects on literacy and is currently involved in an evaluation of iPads in the Early Years. Jill lives in Lisburn, Northern Ireland with her husband Ian and two daughters Holly and Katy.
SECTION 1 THE CHILD 1 The Changing Nature of Childhood Shifting landscapes: children's security Multiculturalism Inclusion and children with additional needs Austerity and poverty Children as carers State of play in the UK Emerging curricula and proposed initiatives 2 The Child's Perspective Current views on children's perspective Childhood studies and children's perspectives United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and children's perspectives Challenges and tensions in listening to young children's perspectives Methods for seeking children's perspectives in research Innovative methods for eliciting the views of young children Children's involvement in the research process 3 Social and Emotional Functioning in the Learning Environment Learning, happiness and well-being Attachment and the learning environment Loss in childhood: its impact on learning Fear and love in the lives of children Supporting children's social and emotional functioning outside of the home 4 Creating Optimum Learning Environments for the Child Today's challenges Identification and assessment: reflections on practice Ethical issues in the identification and assessment of children Low achievement and underachievement Children whose first language is not English Monitoring and evaluating practice SECTION 2 THE CHILD AND THE FAMILY 5 The Changing Nature of Families Divorce, separation and step-families The importance of fathers in families Grandparents and families Working with refugee and asylum-seeking families Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families 6 The Parent's Voice Listening to parents Working with parents Parents' working patterns 7 Multi Professional Perspectives Evolving perspectives Safeguarding Challenges of multi-agency working Professionals and parents: working together Recent initiatives SECTION 3 MODERN AND EMERGING CHILDHOODS 8 Policy, Discourse and Identity Policy and practice Contemporary political ideology and philosophy Regulation, control and accountability Professionalism and professional identity 9 The Digital Child What is a `digital child'? Digital media The affordances of digital media Starting where children are: the importance of children's learning experiences at home Children's digital lives in the new millennium E-safety for children in a digital world 10 International Perspectives International variations in practice Children and conflict Growth of technology Gender Provision for children throughout the world Economic costs of childhood The readying culture 11 Contemporary Issues in a Global Society Poverty and life chances Obesity Sexualisation of children Social fears Mental health Media and materialism The emergence of neuroscience Reflections on professionalism Child-centredness in a changing world