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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.

Children in Conflict Situations: Applying Childhood Research with a Focus on the Early Years
Children in conflict situations: applying childhood research with a focus on the early years
Claire O'Kane
INTRODUCTION

This chapter focuses on applied childhood research concerning the early years in situations of armed conflict, post conflict and peace building. It critically reflects on theoretical and methodological approaches underpinning such efforts, as well as the ways in which applied research has informed policy and practice developments.

In addition, it draws upon other related applied research concerning the early years in disasters. Globally, just over 1 billion children under the age of 18 live in countries or territories affected by armed conflict – almost one sixth of the total world population (Office of the Special Representative of ...

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