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.

Ethics in Early Childhood Research

Ethics in Early Childhood Research

Ethics in early childhood research
Ann Farrell


Increasing international interest in young children's life experiences and life chances has paralleled an upsurge in conceptual and methodological interest in research involving young children and those around them. Early childhood has been the focus of heightened policy and empirical attention, such that peak bodies such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2001, 2006, 2012) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (2008, 2012) have produced international comparative reports on early childhood education and care and children's life chances, respectively. In turn, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) (2011) has shown the ways in which geo-political shifts, rapid urbanization and child poverty reveal and, indeed, produce unequal ...

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