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Childhood in Society for the Early Years


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The context of childhood: social understanding of childhood The historical context: the emergence of childhood The philosophical context: the early years tradition and evolution of early years provision The context of the family: first experiences The context of partnership: children in transition The context of the setting: childhood institutions The community context: children as citizens The national context: children and social policy The global context: international perspectives The child's own context: the child's voice and agency The future context: the twenty-first century child The virtual context: children in a digital world

About the Author

Rory McDowall Clark originally trained as a nursery and primary teacher in Brighton and has a wide range of experience in broader social contexts including community development with charities, voluntary organisations and outreach youth work. Rory worked as an educational consultant for Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council before taking up a post in the Centre for Early Childhood at University of Worcester where she has been a senior lecturer for the past 10 years. She has an MA in Sociology: Contemporary Studies and her research interests include gender, cultural views of the child and continuing professional development.

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