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Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood

Diversity and Inclusion in Early Childhood
An Introduction

March 2014 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Covering a wide range of concepts and taking a broader perspective of what inclusion entail, this book offers an overview of current research, policy and practice in diversity and inclusion in the early years. It is a clear introduction to what inclusive practice means for those working with young children in the early stages of their lives.

With case studies and activities designed to help students relate to diverse situations, the author discusses the main issues surrounding:

- race

- gender

- culture

- disability and Special Educational Needs

- English as an Additional Language

- Traveller children

- the contexts of inclusion and exclusion

- good practice in early childhood settings

- different perspectives of inclusion

This is essential reading for students studying inclusion and diversity on early childhood or early years courses, and those seeking to promote good practice and enable all children to develop to their full potential irrespective of their background.

'The success of this book is in its ability to explore inclusion from a wide perspective. Offering a range of thought-provoking material, such as reflective questions, debates and controversies, practitioner, parent and children's views, legislation, activities, and examples of good practice, will keep readers interested and actively engaged throughout the book'
-Dr Anna Kilderry, Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Chandrika Devarakonda is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Children's Services at the University of Chester.

Gender and Inclusion
Race and Inclusion
Culture and Inclusion
EAL and Inclusion
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) Families and Inclusion
Disability and Inclusion
SEN and Inclusion

My students have used this text for optional units at Level 3.
Their work has benefited greatly.
It gave them a better understanding of the issues that they may meet in practice.

Ms Caroline Brooks
Childcare & Early Years, Sheffield College
June 5, 2014

An excellent text used in Module delivery for Equality and Diversity and it supplemented the Irish textbook. Very valuable textbook for this programme. I was very glad to have been able to review and use as part of the programme delivery and will continue to use and recommend as an excellent text to students in coming years.

Miss Kate Mc Auliffe
Childcare, Cork College of Commerce
May 28, 2014

A much-welcomed contribution to an increasingly important area of academic and professional debate

Mr Graham Bright
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
March 25, 2014

I use this text across a range of programmes, modules and levels of study. It covers a range of relevant issues and is easy to digest. Students find this book user friendly.

Mrs Karen Tait
education and society, Sunderland University
March 21, 2014

Added to the background reading on Children's Right's, Inclusion and Diversity module

Debbie Stephenson
Humanities & Education Dept, Farnborough College of Technology
March 12, 2014

I like the subheadings within each chapter - debates and implications from practice etc. These give focus to the information and provide easy access for students and practitioners looking for a particular piece of information. Plenty of information in a subject area that is rapidly changing

Mr Mark Wilkins
Care and Early Years, Weston College
February 25, 2014

This book introduces the concept of inclusion and how it can be interpreted in many different ways. The first section explores this in some detail before dividing the book into chapters that focus on a different group of society that may have faced nmarginalisation. By linking these to inclusion, it allows a debate to emerge about the ways in which the early childhood setting can become more inclusive. Each chapter provides an overview, case studies, examples of good practice, research issues and further reading. It is easy to read and understand whilst at the same time is not merely a descriptive narrative of inclusion. It encourages the reader to question their own understanding of the inclusion debate and would be entirely appropriate for undergraduate study.

Mrs Patricia Shaw
Faculty of Education, Hull University
February 3, 2014

The book takes a broad view of inclusion, and thus provides a valuable introduction for Early Years students. It is accessible and interesting, and case studies provide useful examples of practice.

Ms Kate Allott
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
January 13, 2014

An excellent book which my students found very informative and supportive during their module relating to inclusion.

HESC Office, Barnet College
January 6, 2014

A valuable resource for this area of study

Mr Timothy Wallis
Health, University Campus Oldham
December 18, 2013

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