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Childhood in Society for the Early Years

Second Edition


April 2013 | 160 pages | Learning Matters
Childhood can only be understood in relation to the multitude of social factors which surround it. Written for students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines, this accessible text offers an introduction to the study of these complex issues including the different contexts within which childhood exists. These contexts, from the child within the family, to the global perspective and the child's own perspective are closely examined. This second edition is updated in line with recent changes to early years policy and includes a new chapter 'The context of partnership: children in transition'.


About the Early Years Series

This series has been designed to support students of Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines in popular modules of their course. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Features have been developed to help readers engage with the text and understand the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and 'Theory Focus' boxes examine essential theory close-up for better understanding. This series is also applicable to EYPS candidates on all pathways.

Other titles in the series are Early Childhood Studies, Becoming a Practitioner in the Early Years, Child Observation for the Early Years and Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies.

Rory McDowall Clark originally trained as a nursery and primary teacher in Brighton and has a wide range of experience in broader social contexts including community development with charities, voluntary organisations and outreach youth work. Rory is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Early Childhood at the University of Worcester.

The Context of Childhood: Social Understanding of Childhood  
The Historical Context: The Emergence of Childhood  
The Context of the Family: First Experiences  
The Context of the Setting: Childhood Institutions  
The Context of Partnership: Children in Transition  
The Community Context: Children as Citizens  
The National Context: Children and Social Policy  
The Global Context: International Perspectives  
The Child's Own Context: The Child's Voice and Agency  
The Future Context: The 21st Century Child  

A recommended book for our early years undergraduate students. The activities are particularly useful to help the reader engage with the topics covered in the book. The further reading and websites provided at the end of chapters is also helpful in developing students research.

Mrs Samantha Sutton-Tsang
Centre For Early Childhood, Worcester University
June 2, 2016

Childhood in Society for the Early Years is an academic resource which fits extremely well with the module Childhood in Society and a useful referencing source.

Mrs Helen Veronica McLaughlin
Early Childhood Education Department, Stranmillis University College
September 30, 2015

An interesting take on contextualizing society within the Early Years. Some of the concepts are pitched to a higher level than some of my level 3 students are used to but for those attempting higher education I highly recommend.

Mr Joe Murdoch
Childhood Studies, Isle of Wight College
August 21, 2015

This is an excellent resource for the Sociological Perspectives Module on childhood and is part of the indicative content

Ms Alison Horner
Health, Social Studies & Early Years, New College Durham
June 18, 2015

Useful book for undergraduate early years students

Miss Lorna Wardle
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 12, 2015

This is an excellent book that discusses relevant themes and issues useful when teaching degree courses in Early Childhood Studies, Criminology and Sociology . This is really useful to extend and encourage knowledge further.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
April 21, 2015

Highly supportive text for students on the BA (Hons) Childhood in Early Years as it enhances understanding of historical concepts of childhood. Can be applied in the wider working community. This offers a range of contemporary considerations surrounding sociological constructs that develop a good understanding of historic and current issues when supporting children and families.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
March 21, 2015

A key text for our Level 4 module Tuning into Children

Mrs Karen Appleby
Institute of Education, Worcester University
February 20, 2015

great to have a childhood studies text written specifically for students of early childhood education and care

Dr Karen Smith
Sch of Soc Sciences and Legal Studies, Dublin Institute of Technology
December 16, 2014

Covers a range of relevant topics for those wishing to study or work with children, young people and families.

Mrs Karen Southern
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
October 10, 2014

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Rory Clark

Rory McDowall Clark originally trained as a nursery and primary teacher in Brighton and has a wide range of experience in broader social contexts including community development with charities, voluntary organisations and outreach youth work. Rory worked as an educational consultant for Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council before taking up a post in the Centre for Early Childhood at University of Worcester where she has been a senior lecturer for the past 10 years. She has an MA in Sociology: Contemporary Studies and her research interests include gender, cultural views of the child and continuing professional... More About Author

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