Understanding Early Childhood: Issues and Controversies
""This book should be essential reading for every student of Early Childhood Studies who wants to approach this rapidly expanding field of study with ... Show synopsis ""This book should be essential reading for every student of Early Childhood Studies who wants to approach this rapidly expanding field of study with an open mind." Eva Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, University of Bristol, UK "This book makes a unique and significant contribution to the international study of early childhood. Using an analytical but accessible style, it addresses several of the most persistent conventional wisdoms in the field, bringing a wide and creative range of material from a variety of disciplines and diverse cultures to bear. Early childhood educators and researchers, policy makers and advocates... will welcome this thoughtful book." Martha Friendly, Director, Childcare Resource and Research Unit, University of Toronto, Canada "This is a very readable account of theories and approaches in early childhood care and education. It challenges us to re-examine the origins and underpinnings of established practice. It takes an international perspective and will be valuable for training new teachers and for ongoing teacher development." Linda Biersteker, Head of Research, Early Learning Resource Unit, Cape Town, South Africa" Drawing on research evidence from across the world, this book offers a wide-ranging perspective on the ways in which we understand and study young children. The book summarizes current debates in child development, and looks at different ways of understanding early childhood and the various methods used to gain understanding, featuring: Personal memories of childhood Neuro-scientific and genetic interpretations of childhood Cultural perspectives Chapters on history, health and child rights "Understanding Early Childhood "concludes with an analysis of everyday practices in working with young children from across the world. It is key reading for early childhood students and practitioners working with young children.