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Overview

"An excellent contribution to the literature, the text is clear and dynamic. Extremely useful for new students, those wanting to work in Children's Services and those returning to study. "
-Margy Whalley
Pen Green Centre, Corby

Are you looking for a handy guide to childhood and early childhood studies?

Concentrating on the skills that students need to master in order to do well on childhood and early childhood courses, this book is a clear and practical guide to all the key areas.

Included is advice on:

  • Getting to grips with key course themes
  • Understanding different theoretical views of the child
  • Analysing various approaches to working with children and young people
  • Making the transition from personal experience of children to studying childhood at university
  • Producing successful assignments
  • Making the most of your lectures
  • Drawing on a range of university resources including people, services and research visits

Examples from students' work are featured, and students talk about thier own experiences. There is plenty of help and practical advice - no matter what your academic experience, this book will offer you a helping hand through your course.

Kay Sambell has a Chair in Learning and Teaching and is Course Leader for the Childhood Studies Degree at Northumbria University.

Sue Miller is the Lead Officer and a senior strategic Children's Centre manager within Early Education and Childcare Services for Newcastle.

Mel Gibson teaches on a range of Childhood Studies courses at different institutions.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This new revised edition includes a new chapter on placements and more thoroughly considers the role and place of multi-agency working...Chapter 4 is particularly useful and provides an excellent discussion on making informed judgements in professional practice...Overall the book is comprehensive in its coverage of core skills and very accessible for students. It captures the challenges faced by Early Childhood students well and emphasises the importance of making and justifying professional decisions. There is also a comprehensive list of further reading and resources which will undoubtedly be useful for both new and final year students' -
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'[This book] is a great guide to read prior to beginning a course and will help prepare students not only for studying childhood at degree level, but also for writing assignments and carrying out research projects too. It even offers advice on career opportunities and 'next steps' after completing a course' -
Nursery Education PLUS

'I think this is an excellent book for childhood and early childhood students, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The authors have captured precisely the challenging issues for students, and this book really helps to develop students' understanding of the importance of knowledge and judgement in their future work with children' - Elise Alexander, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Roehampton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412907460
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Key Course Themes
Reading into Writing
Producing a Good Assignment
Getting a Job
Life Afterwards

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