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.

Converting the Science of Early Human Development into Action: Closing the Gap between What We Know and What We Do

Converting the science of early human development into action: closing the gap between what we know and what we do
Mary E. Young


Remarkable achievements have been made to reduce child mortality in developing countries over the past few decades. But one still has to ask, how are the children? Despite the achievements, many continue to suffer throughout the world. Authors of the 2007 and 2011 series in The Lancet (Engle et al., 2007, 2011; Walker et al., 2011) estimate that 200 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of poor developmental growth.

Most of the world's children who are vulnerable developmentally, malnourished, or ...

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