Childhood and Youth Studies

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Paula Zwozdiak-Myers
SAGE, Jul 27, 2007 - Education - 192 pages
This book introduces the inter-disciplinary study of childhood and youth and the multi-agency practice of professionals who serve the needs of children, young people and their families. Exploring key theories and central ideas, research methodology, policy and practice, it takes a holistic, contextual approach that values difference and diversity. It examines concepts such as identity, representation, creativity and discourse and issues such as ethnicity, gender and the 'childhood in crisis' thesis. Furthermore, it challenges opinion by exploring complex and controversial modern-day issues, and by engaging with a range of perspectives to highlight debates within the field.

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Social and cultural perspectives of childhood and youth
Childhood in crisis?
Children and risk
The origins of human behaviour
Social and emotional development
Cognitive development
Entitlement and potential overcoming barriers to achievement
Policy into practice working with children in need of protection
Approaches to research
The research process
The reflective practitioner

Difference diversity and multidisciplinary perspectives

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Paula is Programme Leader of Childhood and Youth Studies at De Montfort University with particular interests in psychosocial aspects of human behaviour and development, movement studies, communication skills and qualitative approaches to research. She values difference and diversity, promotes potential and entitlement, and wholeheartedly supports the inclusive agenda.

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