This is an important textbook that promotes thoughtful engagement with key issues and theories that inform an understanding of childhood development. The purpose of this book is to promote a thoughtful engagement with key issues and theories that inform our understanding of childhood. Readers of this book will enjoy, and be provoked by, a sophisticated analysis of the role and function of childhood in twenty-first century Britain. They will find themselves supported in discovering a discourse for early childhood which they will want to use as a springboard for further enquiry and exploration.There are two intertwined themes that permeate this text: children's sense of self and adult's temporal and cultural fabrications of childhood, and the articulation of these with policy and provision for young children and young children and representation: how they are represented, the sense they make of such representations and their own representational activity.
The book intends to turn readers away from our collective tendency to simplify the experiences of young children and replace this with a fuller, more complex, more troubling and more realistic understanding of the social dynamic that constitutes childhood today.
Richard Eke is Joint Head of Academic Development in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of the West of England Bristol. Helen Butcher is Leader in Early Childhood Provision and Developments at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Mandy Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Education specialising in children's engagement with contemporary media, at the University of the West of England, Bristol.
1. Earlier to earlier school?; 2. Defining professional roles with young children: distinct or integrated?; 3. Give SureStart a fair start?; 4. Am I doing well on my outcomes?; 5. Talk and control of knowledge in early years settings; 6. Contextualised playing, contextualised learning; 7. Children and screens: leaners of losers; 8. Where do I fit in? Spaces that children have entry to and are debarred from.; Conclusion.