Introduction 1. Psychology and Early Childhood Studies 2. Sociology and Early Childhood Studies 3. Social Policy and Early Childhood Studies 4. Pedagogy and Early Childhood Studies 5. Enhancing Learning and Early Childhood Studies 6. Research Methods and Early Childhood Studies Conclusion Answers References Index
Explores key issues in early childhood studies from a social science perspective, exploring how social science can offer explanations to many aspects of human behaviour.
Ewan Ingleby is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University, UK, where he teaches on the Education MA and PhD, and the Early Childhood Studies BA.
An excellent contribution to the arena of Early Childhood Studies
which clearly demonstrates the benefits of examining Early Years
from multiple perspectives. Not only does the author define
psychology and sociology as workable theories within social
sciences, but through the application and analysis of social policy
the students are guided into developing the interconnections
between theory, pedagogy and reflective practice. The research
chapter (7) is particularly well positioned, leaving the reader
with the impression that they are being effortlessly guided towards
research as a normal expectation within on-going 'good' Early Years
*Caroline Bligh, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MA Childhood Studies and MA Early Years, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK*
A well structured, clear and detailed book for foundation and undergraduate students of Early Childhood Studies. This book provides a multi-disciplinary view which places the child at the centre of the learning process. It encourages practitioners to engage with theoretical perspectives and consider best practice through case studies in order to support students' development as reflective practitioners.
*Sharon Witt, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Winchester, UK*
An amazing text, that is easy to read and engaging from start to finish. I can't recommend this text highly enough. It is an essential text for any Childhood studies or Education studies students.
*Katherine Cartmell, Liverpool John Moores University, UK*
A well-written, thoughtful text that allows for reflective reading and the development of effective approaches to integrating psychology and sociology into early childhood practice. There is emphasis on the inherent value of early childhood practitioners seeing themselves as researchers, and the text clearly establishes the connection between the social sciences and early education and merges the concepts of care and learning for the reader.
*Teacher's College Record*