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Children and Childhoods 1

Perspectives, Places and Practices

Editor(s): Peter Whiteman

Book Description

The early years of life are fast gaining prominence around the world. It is well documented that investment in early childhood results in exceptionally high returns in multiple arenas; greater than those resulting from enterprise focused on later periods in people’s lives. This book presents current early years research that reflects the transdisciplinary nature of childhood. The first in the Children and Childhoods series, this volume examines multiple perspectives, places and practices that constitute early childhood. The many facets of how children and childhoods are seen, where they are enacted and how they are played out are explained through explorations of playgrounds, hospitals, museums, child care centres and other locations. Similarly diverse are the methodologies that underpin these investigations. Children, practitioners, families and researchers all contribute to this cornucopia of children and childhoods.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3456-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3456-4
Date of Publication: 01/01/2012
Pages / Size: 240 / A5
Price: £39.99


Peter Whiteman is Associate Director of The Children and Families Research Centre at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Australia. He supervises research students and teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate early childhood programs. Peter’s research interests span early childhood music education and musical development, musical cultures, emergent symbol systems and reconstructed childhoods.

Katey De Gioia lectures in professional experience at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, Australia. Her research interests include addressing transition to school and into school for migrants and refugee children and families from a community perspective. She also advocates for the importance of family-teacher relationships to ensure cultural practices are respected in the early years. More recently, Katey has been engaging in practitioner enquiry research, shifting the focus to teachers’ practices as key in outcomes for children and families within local communities.