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
Doing Your Dissertation or Research Project
An independent project or dissertation is a typical assessment in the final year of any CS/ECS Honours degree. This usually involves collecting some ‘real world’ data, gathering information on the views, opinions and perspectives of stakeholders, such as parents, teachers, police, medics, children, librarians, health visitors, nursery officers, or exploring dimensions of practice, such as work with children in classrooms, retail, looked after children, social services, respite services, or youth services. You'll usually be expected to use research methods such as interviews, participant observation, research diaries or questionnaire ...