Childhood Studies: An Introduction

Childhood Studies: An Introduction

by Dominic Wyse (Editor)


This text introduces students to the key issues in the study of childhood, from infancy through to adulthood, from an interdisciplinary and multi-professional perspective. A broad-ranging introductory guide to key issues in the study of childhood. Approaches childhood studies from an interdisciplinary and multi-professional perspective. Presents the basics of psychology, social welfare, education, health, law, culture, rights, politics, and economics as they relate to children. For each discipline, the role of relevant professionals, such as social workers, nursery teachers, paediatric nurses and child lawyers, is also considered. Contributors have both practical and academic backgrounds in a range of specialist areas. Each chapter includes an independent learning activity, case studies, a glossary and annotated bibliography. Will inspire debate in the classroom about childhood issues.


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Format: Illustrated
Pages: 324
Edition: 1
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Published: 12 Nov 2003

ISBN 10: 0631233970
ISBN 13: 9780631233978

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With a broad range of perspectives introducing students to the study of childhood, further readings that encourage a deeper level of study, a range of material to support specific lectures or modules, and short chapters allowing students to dip into specific areas for future study, this book is extremely accessible to students. I would make this an essential text prior to starting a foundation or undergraduate degree programme in childhood studies; in fact, I will be using it next year! Annie Woods, Programme Leader, BA and FdA Childhood Studies, Nottingham Trent University This is an extensive text which will form a seminal work for students embarking on childhood studies degree courses. Holistic and child--centred in its underpinning philosophy, it brings together contributions from experts from a wide range of disciplines in a clear and succinct form, backed up by a breadth of references including web--based resources. Wendy Jolliffe, Lecturer in Early Years Education and Course Leader, BA Educational Studies with Early Childhood Studies, University of Hull This comprehensive book takes a multidisciplinary approach and will inform, explain, challenge and stimulate all those who contribute to the lives and well--being of children. The resources are up--to--date, easy to access and should encourage readers to seek further information on the fascinating subject of childhood studies. Muriel O'Driscoll, Lecturer and Practitioner, Hugh Baird College, Liverpool an excellent and essential resource for students on childhood studies programmes and courses, new and experienced practitioners and trainers, lecturers and course leaders. Mostly written in chapters that are no more than 3000 words, the professional writers aim to be detailed yet succinct. There are forty chapters covering important topics such as histories of childhood, play, parenting, cognitive development, child abuse, childrena s rights, the Childrena s Act and ethnicity and race. The text is bursting with essential information for anyone who is interested in children and their well--being. Nursery Education, September 2004
Author Bio
Dominic Wyse is Reader in Primary Education at Liverpool John Moores University.