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.

Using Early Childhood Research to Inform and Influence Public Policy: An Example from Brazil

Using early childhood research to inform and influence public policy: an example from Brazil
Irene RizziniMalcolm Bush


The large body of international research on what impacts on early childhood development has implications for children in all countries. However, the contexts in which children grow up vary quite significantly in different countries and, as a result, different aspects of that body of research are more important than others in different countries. The ways in which the research is used may also differ. This chapter will concentrate on the context of early childhood in Brazil as it affects the production and use of early childhood research. In particular, it will discuss the ways in ...

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