This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.
Child-focused Research/Research with Children
Prior to the growth of childhood studies, with its emphasis on children as social actors, childhood research was carried out most commonly by developmental psychologists interested in child growth and development, or by sociologists interested in processes of socialisation under the auspices of family sociology. In neither of these instances were children readily seen as research subjects who might have a point of view to articulate or as people who could be actively involved as participants in the research process. Woodhead and Faulkner (2007), for example, chart the gradual shift, within developmental psychology, from researchers viewing children simply as objects of scientific experimentation, through to ...