Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

Approaches in the Early Years: Issues and Reflections

Approaches in the Early Years: Issues and Reflections

Approaches in the early years: Issues and reflections
Pat Beckley


The chapter explores key aspects of early years pedagogy and the research that informs it. Early years provision in England is undergoing significant change through the introduction of the government's Early Years Foundation Stage framework (DfE, 2012) and its accompanying EYFS profile. These aspects are considered in this chapter, which opens with a discussion of research that has impacted on views of child development and possible approaches when devising educational provision for young children.

Research Box

Children's Early Development

Read Keenan and Evans (2009), Chapter 5, pages 107–16. Children's development can be affected by a range of happenings. Development, while occurring throughout a person's life-span, can progress at differing rates depending ...

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