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.

Rethinking Epistemology and Methodology in Early Childhood Research in Africa

Rethinking epistemology and methodology in early childhood research in Africa
Auma OkwanyHasina Ebrahim


Africa has an extremely high and disproportionate representation of young children who bear the greatest risk of failure to achieve their developmental potential due to limitations in health, nutrition, education and care services. There has been increasing attention from international organizations, donor agencies and foundations on the development of policies and programs for young children in the last two decades. However, these programs and policies are based on the dominant narrative on early childhood development, which is the product of Euro-American culture and storyline, and which promotes a model of childhood from the Global North (Ebrahim, 2014; Nsamenang, 2005, 2009; Okwany et al., ...

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