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This new edition of the much-loved Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy has been revised and updated to retain its cutting-edge focus on emergent and important areas of research. This comprehensive and ground-breaking work guides the reader through current social, cultural and historical analysis on a global scale. The new edition contains a greater range of methodologies, and chapters on: - Space and literacy - Disabilities and early childhood literacy - Digital literacies - Indigenous literacy - Play and literacy - Policy In the Handbook, readers will find coverage of all the key topics in early childhood literacy, including perspectives; literacy in families, communities and cultures; making meaning; literacy in preschool settings and schools, and various research methodologies. The exceptional list of contributors offers in-depth expertise ...

Towards Knowing Well and Doing Well: Assessment and Early Childhood Education
Towards knowing well and doing well: Assessment and early childhood education
SharonMurphy

In 1992, the following headline appeared in the health section of the New York Times: ‘Study backs deep anesthesia for babies in surgery.’ This newspaper article revealed that physicians generally did not administer pain-relieving medication to babies undergoing surgery even though they would routinely administer medication to adults. Two explanations were offered for this practice. Some physicians believed that babies would experience negative side-effects from the pain-relieving medications, while others believed that ‘new-borns did not feel pain the same way adults do’ (New York Times, 1992). However, a research study reported in the newspaper article revealed that not only did babies experience pain during ...

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