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.
Chapter 13: Longitudinal Research: Applications for the Design, Conduct and Dissemination of Early Childhood Research
Longitudinal Research: Applications for the Design, Conduct and Dissemination of Early Childhood Research
The scope of disciplinary activity brought to bear on child development is vast (Bynner et al., 2009: 3). The range of scholarly interest includes: psychology, biology, sociology, economics, demography, history, medicine, education, politics, philosophy and anthropology, to name but a few. All of these disciplines have one or more sub-specializations (e.g., medicine: paediatrics) representing an entire body of specialized knowledge about children and their development. This development is about growth and change in the early epochs of the life course – its prompts, facilitators and constraints. Of the methods to study developmental change, longitudinal methods are some ...