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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.

Where am I? Position and Perspective in Researching Early Childhood Education
Where am I? Position and perspective in researching early childhood education
Peter Moss
INTRODUCTION

Positionality and perspective, concepts that question, indeed contest, the positivistic idea(l) inscribed in much research in the social sciences, including education: a belief in the possibility of objective researchers gaining true or valid knowledge of a real world through the application of scientific method in a search for natural laws or generalizable conclusions that can be applied to achieve universal goals. But positionality and perspective deny this possibility, challenging the notion that researchers can extract themselves from the world they live in and the positions they occupy in that world, inciting incredulity at the idea that researchers can achieve a ‘God's eye ...

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