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.

What is the Future of Sustainability in Early Childhood?

What is the future of sustainability in early childhood?
Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson


We live in a world that is economically, socially and environmentally unsustainable, a world that severely compromises the next generation's chances of living a healthy, safe and enjoyable life. Such a scenario was articulated, more than 40 years ago, by the Brundtland Commission in the 1970s, in the report Our Common Future (1978). Since then, a number of international agreements have committed to a more sustainable and democratic world, yet without appreciable impact. In most of these agreements, for example Education for All (EFA), The Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the Literacy DECADE (UN), and the DECADE for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), children below the ...

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