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.
Chapter 31: Future Directions in Early Childhood Research: Addressing Next-Step Imperatives
Future Directions in Early Childhood Research: Addressing Next-Step Imperatives
To paraphrase Dickens, in many ways, this may be the best of times to produce a new volume on early childhood research, and, in some ways, it may be the worst. Early childhood research is at a critical juncture; it is a time laden with opportunities and challenges. With regard to opportunities, the research field is rapidly expanding, encouraged by political concerns about children as future citizens and by new and well-popularized concepts such as children's well-being, children's rights, and children as social actors. This era is also characterized by methodological innovations in both quantitative and qualitative research, which are joined ...