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Early Childhood Studies

Early Childhood Studies
A Student's Guide

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Early Childhood Education

November 2018 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Underpinned by ecological theories of development concerned with children, families and communities, this book provides the reader with philosophical, economic and sociological insights and with the latest thinking emerging from post-humanism. In so doing, it provides tools that enable students to research childhood, to understand the complexities of often seemingly simple matters and to navigate critically ever-changing policy and practice in early childhood. Its breadth, depth and currency cannot fail to impress."

- Ian Barron, Professor of Early Childhood Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University

Student focused and designed to support critical thinking, this brand new textbook is mapped to early childhood degrees and is designed to cover the breadth and depth of content across the course. Focused on seeing children in the context of the world they live in, it provides students with a range of perspectives and insights to help them understand the complexities of early childhood, develop their own critical ideas and apply theory to practice.

A range of features in the book and resources online help students:

Get to grips with the basic with:
Spotlights on people, policy and practice 
An extensive Glossary in the book along with online Flashcards

Learn from others with:
Video insights from academics and practitioners
Student perspectives at the start of each chapter

Prepare for Assignments with:
Further reading resources in the book and online to enable wider reading
Spotlights on research and reflection points to develop critical thinking skills

Relate to practice with:
Case study scenarios of real-life settings
Action point activities to put theory into practice
Damien Fitzgerald & Heloise Maconochie
PART I: The Individual Child
Rita Winstone
Chapter 1: The emergence of Early Childhood Studies: an historic overview
Heloise Maconochie
Chapter 2: The brain and children’s early development
Fufy Demissie
Chapter 3: Children as thinkers: Philosophy for Children
Karen Daniels & Roberta Taylor
Chapter 4: Children as learners: multimodal perspectives on play and learning
Sarah Rawding
Chapter 5: Creativity, curiosity and resilience
PART II: Children Interacting
Tanya Richardson
Chapter 6: Children as communicators: peers and others
Caron Carter
Chapter 7: Children’s friendships
Eunice Lumsden
Chapter 8: Children within the family context
Philippa Thompson
Chapter 9: 'Supporting’ play
Part III: Supporting Children
Penny Borkett
Chapter 10: Inclusion and participation
Pam Dewis
Chapter 11: Children's health
Marie Lavelle
Chapter 12: The politics of children's services
Ginny Boyd
Chapter 13: Safeguarding children
Sigrid Brogaard-Clausen, Sofia Guimaraes, Michelle Cottle & Sally Howe
Chapter 14: Young children's wellbeing: conceptualising, assessing and supporting wellbeing
Ester Ehiyazaryan-White
Chapter 15: Children, families and English as an additional language
Part IV: The Social Environment
Alison Glentworth
Chapter 16: The educational environment
Heloise Maconochie & Jill Branch
Chapter 17: Working with families and professionals from other agencies
Monica Edwards
Chapter 18: Childhoods in a global context
Jenny Robson
Chapter 19: Contemporary issues
Damien Fitzgerald
Chapter 20: Young Children, Childhood and Gender
Adam Holden
Chapter 21: Technology and early digital culture
Part V: Your Journey
Jane Murray
Chapter 22: Observing and assessing children
Amanda Hatton
Chapter 23: Researching with children
Karen Barr
Chapter 24: Becoming a professional: entanglements with identity and practice
Caroline Leeson
Chapter 25: Learning through placements
Mary E. Whalley
Chapter 26: Leading quality practice

The wide-ranging scope of this textbook, aimed at new early childhood studies students, is supported by contributions from more than 20 different experts…There is an emphasis on critical thought, as an important part of becoming an effective practitioner. The editors embed this approach with action points accompanying theories, designed to present challenging concepts to the reader. There are also ideas and practice examples to promote discussion, debate and learning…There is also a student voice feature, allowing readers to tap into other students’ views and perspectives.

Early Years Educator magazine
Early Years Educator magazine
Early Years Educator magazine

This book will be used throughout level 4 for our Early Childhood Studies students as it covers all essential topics for ECS

Dr Janice Haigh
Education, childhood and Inclusion, Sheffield Hallam University
July 17, 2019

Recommended reading for range of Year 1 modules on BA Early Childhood Studies

Beth Gallagher
School of Health and Education, Middlesex University
December 17, 2019

key core text to support student development

Ms Karen Siddons
Department of Education (Luton), Bedfordshire University
February 5, 2020

Excellent resource for students, the glossary is extremely useful in ensuring students understand pertinent terminology. A good range of chapters to guide a wide range of students.

Miss Louise Stafford
Department of Education, Oxford Brookes University
January 30, 2019

This book is useful for students across all three years of the Early Childhood Studies degree. It contains useful information linked to theory and practice and signposts undergraduates to further relevant reading. I would recommend this to other course leaders.

Dr Gina Sherwood
School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC), Portsmouth University
February 15, 2019

Really useful book that covers a good range of topics. I like the summaries and further reading at the end of each chapter and would definitely recommend this book.

Ms Lucy Helen Anacleto
Social Science, Coventry University Scarborough Campus
June 28, 2019

Opening this book was joy to see that it was written in a language that made it easier for students and staff alike to read. very often text books are written in such a way that it can be easy to switch off from. This was great from start to finish. Relevant and useful chapters making topic work clear and manageable. Each chapter gives an overview and carefully considered topics compliment each section. So pleased to say, I am going to adopt this book and encourage my students to do the same.

Ms lisa oneill
Education, City College Norwich
December 6, 2018

Damien Fitzgerald

Damien Fitzgerald PhD, is Head of Area for Early Childhood and Childhood at the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests include gender and childhood, heteronormativity in family contexts and same-sex parenting and this informs his undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam, he worked as an advisory teacher in early years special needs and in other teaching roles in schools. He is also qualified as a nurse working mainly in emergency care. More About Author

Heloise Maconochie

Heloise Maconochie PhD, is Visiting Scholar of Early Childhood Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA. Her research interests include children’s experiences and perspectives of early childhood services, curriculum in the early years, disabled children’s childhoods, early intervention, children’s rights and participatory methodologies. She has worked in the UK as a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Teacher Education, and as an early years coordinator and primary school teacher. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Allen County, Indiana. More About Author