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“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”

James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”

Anne Smith, University of Otago

“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”

Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.

The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood

Challenges and Innovations in Research on Childhood
Challenges and innovations in research on childhood
Sue D.Hobbs
Gail S.Goodman

For the past century, developmental psychology has been the pre-eminent discipline to conduct child-related research. In fact, up until the 1970s, relatively few disciplines had a branch of scholarship explicitly devoted to the study of children and childhood, as children's issues were subsumed under other topics (such as education). The last several decades, however, have seen a tremendous increase in child-related scholarship across the disciplines. This movement reached a milestone in 1989 when the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, setting forth an international decree that children have freedoms and entitlements equal in importance to those of adults.

As academicians were adding child-focused subspecialties within their ...

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