Covering all the key themes, different theoretical views and approaches to studying childhood and early childhood, this book guides you through your course, telling you exactly what is expected of you throughout your studies. It will ensure you develop the skills you need to become successful, and key areas covered include:Making the transition from personal experience of children, to studying childhoodMaking the most of your lecturesWriting good assignmentsLearning how to study independentlyDeveloping your critical thinkingDrawing on the full range of student resources (people, services, research visits)Getting a job in the early years sector 

Key Course Themes

Key course themes

Chapter Themes

  • This chapter is designed to help you to make the move to the university-level study of childhood as smoothly and swiftly as possible.

Knowing What to Expect

CS/ECS courses usually attract people with a wide range of prior experiences, and so students are likely to have an equally wide spectrum of feelings about studying childhood at degree level. Some may lack confidence because it seems that many of their peers have previously taken child-focused courses, while they have not. Others may initially feel that they're being asked to cover old ground and that they know the subject well already.

This chapter shows that no matter what you have done before coming to university, everyone has something new to learn, adjustments to make ...

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