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.

Early Childhood Research: An Expanding Field

Early childhood research: an expanding field
Ann FarrellSharon Lynn KaganKay Tisdall


Early childhood is an expanding research field that is concerned with young children, their families, and their communities. Drawn from a range of disciplines and conducted within a range of contexts, empirical evidence generated within this field demonstrates the importance of the early years for individual, community, and global outcomes. Strengthened international and national commitments to early childhood are inviting new high-stakes questions for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. These questions are occasioning a heightened focus on research concerned with young children and heralding a call for new insights into its design, conduct, and impact. Against ...

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