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This book introduces the inter-disciplinary study of childhood and youth and the multi-agency practice of professionals who serve the needs of children, young people and their families. Exploring key theories and central ideas, research methodology, policy and practice, it takes a holistic, contextual approach that values difference and diversity. It examines concepts such as identity, representation, creativity and discourse and issues such as ethnicity, gender and the ‘childhood in crisis’ thesis. Furthermore, it challenges opinion by exploring complex and controversial modern-day issues, and by engaging with a range of perspectives to highlight debates within the field.

Approaches to Research
Approaches to research

Research into aspects of childhood and youth development is both fascinating and challenging. It is fascinating, because although your research study might, for example, aim to focus on cognitive development, the results of your investigation will need to take into account other factors that influence this development, such as personal, social and emotional experiences. By adopting this wide perspective, a more holistic understanding of each individual's uniqueness or ‘blueprint’, one that is shaped by his/her personal biography, can ...

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