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Childhood in Society for the Early Years
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Childhood in Society for the Early Years

Third Edition


October 2016 | 200 pages | Learning Matters
Childhood can only be understood in relation to the multitude of social factors which surround it. 

This book is written for students doing degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years, Early Childhood Studies and related disciplines. It offers an introduction to the study of childhood and the different contexts within which childhood exists. The text encourages you to re-think childhood, exploring childhood from different contexts  - from the child within the family, to the global perspective and the child's own perspective.   It enables you to begin to understand childhood in relation to society and to develop the skills to look at childhood from a critical standpoint.

This Third Edition includes a new chapter on 'The Evolution of Early Years Provision' adding essential context to the current situation.  It has been updated in line with recent changes in the Early Years sector and includes some critical examination of the new Baseline Assessment. 

 
 
The context of childhood: social understanding of childhood
 
The historical context: the emergence of childhood
 
The philosophical context: the early years tradition and evolution of early years provision
 
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 twenty-first century child

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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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