Understanding Early Childhood: Issues And Controversies
Understanding Early Childhood is an introductory textbook for students on a range of early years, early childhood and childhood studies courses which offers broad and insightful perspectives across a range of themes on the ways in which we understand and study young children. It provides students with a clear, user-friendly introduction to a number of difficult concepts and theories in early childhood education, drawing on research evidence from various countries and reviewing studies about children from different disciplines – including anthropology, economics, history, psychology and sociology. Key changes planned for the third edition are: Updating the political and policy context throughout as this has moved on substantially The problematic nature of interdisciplinary working to become a whole new chapter Considerable updating to reflect developments in the conceptualization of the issues of international perspectives and economics Broader discussion to cover families and communities; curriculum and pedagogy Considerably updating neuroscience content More coverage of professionalization and qualification levels for early years practitioners Further coverage of ethics More pedagogic tools in particular Reflective Questions
About the Author
Helen Penn is Professor of Early Childhood at the School of Education, University of East London, UK. Helen is an expert on EU early childhood policy and acts as a consultant to various international organizations and policy forums. She is author of Quality in Early Childhood Services (Open UP, 2011).