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  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

The Research Process
The research process

The analytical nature of an empirical research assignment in synthesising theory and practice cannot be overemphasised. It should offer you the opportunity to review critically a body of knowledge or set of skills and allow you to demonstrate your own understanding within a particular context through comparison, application or exemplification. In an ideal situation it should enable you to analyse objectively an issue in a given professional context and identify potential for improvement, ...

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