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Applied Social Science for Early Years

Applied Social Science for Early Years

First Edition

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Social Science

July 2008 | 136 pages | Learning Matters
Applying social science subjects such as psychology, sociology, social policy and research methods to Early Years can help to raise standards and ensure good practice. These subjects inform much of the academic curriculum within many Early Years programmes and are subjects that make an important contribution to understanding children's behaviour, growth and development. The book identifies, analyses and assesses how social science enriches Early Years as opposed to regarding Early Years and social science as distinct. Each chapter imaginatively introduces the main learning objectives and includes formative activities, which apply social science to particular themes to aid students' cognitive skills.
Knowledge and understanding of psychology for EYPS
Sociology and Early Years
Social policy and Early Years
Literacy and learning in Early Years
Different childhoods in different cultures
Research methods for EYPS

This book is really useful when it comes to teaching social policy. It breaks it down for learners to understand. Would recommend this book for FDA degree learners.

Mrs Kerry Clayton
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
March 14, 2014

There is an excellent chapter with this text on researching in the early years. It provides a very good practical overview of the different approaches to research.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
December 3, 2013


Mr Jonathan Roberts
Youth and Community Work, University of Teesside
January 7, 2013

I was quite disappointed with this text as the title does not (in my opinion) match the content and the book is irrelevant for level 5 students and above. The quality of the paper seemed poor as well.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
January 2, 2013

Useful introductory overview, clearly written.

Mr Martin Harmer
School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside
October 24, 2012

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