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Sharon Murphy

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 31: Towards Knowing Well and Doing Well: Assessment and Early Childhood Education

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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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