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Child Development From Birth to 8 Years

Child Development From Birth to 8 Years
An Interdisciplinary Approach

December 2022 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
An understanding of Child Development is necessary for early childhood students as it underpins all early year’s practice and curricula. This book provides students with an in-depth understanding of the research, theory and current practice, supporting them through a complex area. Offering a fresh take, this book examines child development through a range of disciplines including psychology, education, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. Chapters are structured to support readers in understanding complex theory, with key features such as case studies which put theory into practice, reflective questions to encourage critical thinking, chapter summaries, further reading, and more.

Amanda Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Education at University of South Wales.

Alyson Lewis is Lecturer in Education Development at Cardiff University.
PART 1: Understanding interdisciplinary approaches to child development
The Psychology of Child Development
The Sociology of Child Development
The Economics of Child Development
The Anthropology of Child Development
The Philosophy of Child Development
The Neuroscience of Child Development
The Education of Child Development
PART 2: Exploring child development domains with an interdisciplinary lens
Physical Development and Growth
Social Development
Emotional Development
Creative Development
Spiritual Development
Cognitive Development
Language Development
PART 3: Understanding contemporary aspects of early childhood practice
Understanding Play through the Disciplines and Domains
Understanding Well-being through the Disciplines and Domains
Understanding Global Curricula through the Disciplines and Domains
Understanding Inclusivity through the Disciplines and Domains
Understanding How Shared Spaces Support Child Development and the Role of the Adult within this
Opportunities to Recap and Reflect (The Conclusion)

Really stimulating book - Thorough and in depth coverage makes this a vital text for students

Dr Julie Brierley
Faculty of Education (Hull), Hull University
July 5, 2023

I liked the interdisciplinary stand point that often gets overlooked.

Dr Kathryn Peckham
Early Childhood, Centre for Research In Early Childhood
May 2, 2023

An updated and alternative approach to child development which provides students with a fresh angle and perspective on EY.

Mrs Dominique Powell
Education, Staffordshire University
January 17, 2023

This is an essential book for anyone studying or working with young children. The book is organised through a range of disciplines that explores complex theory to practice. The challenge of discourse is woven throughout providing contemporary thinking. Excellent, forward thinking and informative.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
March 21, 2023

Amanda Thomas

Dr. Amanda Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Early Years education at USW and teaches on the Early Years Education degree and the Working with Children and Families degree. She has taught in both Primary and Further Education before taking up her role in higher Education in 2011. Amanda currently teaches on a range of education modules including play, child development, pedagogy,  and leading and managing others. She competed her PhD in 2018 exploring children’s schemas in the Foundation Phase.  She has had books and research published on Early Years education, Schemas and Transitions within education. Amanda has just completed a... More About Author

Alyson Lewis

Dr Alyson Lewis has worked in a range of sectors including Early Years/Primary Education, Further and Higher Education and the Welsh Government as a social researcher. In Further Education she led two Foundation Degrees and a Top-up Degree and was award leader at Bath Spa University for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and delivered modules to students in China studying the transnational education programme. She is currently lecturer in education development at Cardiff University teaching on the fellowship programme. She completed her PhD in 2017 which examined the concept and practices of well-being in the early years curriculum. She... More About Author

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