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.

Social and Political Landscapes of Childhood

Social and political landscapes of childhood
Helen Penn


This chapter offers an overview of the research on early childhood in low- and middle-income countries. It locates the discussion about early childhood in the wider context of development aid, and reflects on some of the highly problematic and contentious general debates about how rich nations might best offer support to poor nations and, thus, seek to redress inequality. One of the arguments advanced in this chapter is that the early childhood research community is by and large unaware of this wider debate, and, as a result, although well-meaning and with humanitarian intentions, it tends to frame questions, use research methodologies, make predictions and advance solutions which may be too narrow or ...

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