Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main contexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children. The Handbook includes sections on: the field of early childhood research and its key contributions new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research collecting and analysing data applications of early childhood research This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.

Theorizing Young Children's Spaces

Theorizing young children's spaces
Lesley Anne Gallacher


In this chapter, I consider how we might theorize and engage with the spaces in which young children live their lives. I begin (in the next section) by considering the particular spatial arrangements that we, as a society, make for young children. I consider the various purposes that the spaces we (as a society and as individual adults) provide for young children are supposed to serve and how these relate to adult agendas for early childhood. However, young children are not passively molded by these spaces; they are able to participate in and contribute to the ongoing social life of the spaces they inhabit. With this in mind, section three counterposes the idea of spaces ...

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