Early Childhood Studies
A Student's Guide
- Damien Fitzgerald - Sheffield Hallam University, UK
- Heloise Maconochie - Purdue University Fort Wayne
"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
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.
This book will be used throughout level 4 for our Early Childhood Studies students as it covers all essential topics for ECS
Recommended reading for range of Year 1 modules on BA Early Childhood Studies
key core text to support student development
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: The emergence of Early Childhood Studies: a historic overview