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.

Econometrics and the Study of Early Childhood: A Guide for Consumers

Econometrics and the study of early childhood: a guide for consumers
Gordon Cleveland


In recent decades, econometrics has played a significant role in early childhood research and policy evaluation. ‘Econometrics’ refers to quantitative statistical analysis used by economists, although most of the statistical techniques used are not unique to economics or economists (see Cook and Campbell, 1979; Shadish et al., 2002). This chapter provides a guide for those who read, interpret and use statistical studies designed and/or conducted by economists in relation to early childhood.

Econometric research is not well known to early childhood researchers, many of whom have little acquaintance with economics. Economic models and econometric results are typically presented in mathematical form and statistical ...

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