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.

Young Children in their Local Communities

Young children in their local communities
Bronwen CohenMarta Korintus


What meaning does ‘community’ have for young children and what difference can it make to their lives? Frequently mentioned in early childhood policies and research, it reflects our awareness of a wider world of physical, social, emotional, economic, aesthetic and cultural factors and relationships that shape our lives. Globalization and identity politics have led to a broader definition, encompassing other variables implicated in social networks, including ‘non-place’ networks and social media. However, local communities, in their diversity and varying contributions to the lives of young children, remain key areas for research. Research questions include the ways in which local communities support the agency of their youngest citizens, the different physical, climatic, ...

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