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Children, Families and Communities : 5th Edition - Rebekah Grace

Children, Families and Communities : 5th Edition

Paperback Published: 28th October 2016
ISBN: 9780190304461
Number Of Pages: 432

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The child development field is changing all the time, and with each edition this book has endeavoured to reflect contemporary thinking, current theory and research, as well as the most topical issues. The editors also flag the issues that they see as important to moving the field forward, such as the importance of child voice and participation in decision making relating to research, policy and practice. This fifth edition is focused on child development within the Australian context and the factors that influence children’s development. These include the effects of disability, ethnicity, family, school, neighbourhood (including rural, urban and remote communities) and state interventions and policies. The structure continues to reflect the contextual layers described in Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model. All of the individual chapters have been reconceptualised and rewritten to reflect current research evidence and theory development. The book benefits from the contributions of experts with child development backgrounds alongside those who think about childhood within the disciplinary frames of sociology, history, social work, education, health, and law. The authors bring exceptional academic, policy, and practical experience.  Learning FeaturesChapter openings include chapter summary statements and information about chapter structure to help students to focus on the key elements of each chapter.Case study examples help students link theory to practice.End of chapter exercises enable students to test their understanding of each chapter.New to this editionNew Improved references. Referencing style moved to standard APA referencing and includes end of chapter references and short annotated key reference list making it much easier for students to navigate references. More examples from upper primary and secondary to give pre-service teachers a wider range of examples.New Editor – Catherine McMahon adds her expertise in child development/psychology to the team.Content on child development and parent-child relationships expanded in a significantly revised Chapter 6  Family as the Primary Context of Children’s DevelopmentExpanded Chapter 13 – Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families: The Legacy of Strong State Intervention provides a broader discussion of issues for Australia’s Indigenous children and families

Figures and tablePreface Acknowledgments ContributorsPART A: APPROACHES TO THEORY AND EVIDENCEChapter 1:Child Development in ContextWhy is context important in child development? Children in the Australian context Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological theory of child development The social ecology model The bioecological model Epigenetics: The relationships between genes and environment Experience, environment and the developing brain Formation and refinement of neural networks Developmental plasticity Risk and resilience Structure of this book Chapter 2:Research about and with Children, Families, and Communities Large-scale longitudinal research The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Ethnographic research in children’s settings Insights from ethnographic research Collaborative research in early childhood settings Researching with children Ethical considerations Conclusion PART B: CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDRENChapter 3:Children with Developmental Disability Contexts How is disability defined? What role does context play? Consequences Consequences for children with disabilities Consequences for families Consequences for communities Conclusion Chapter 4: Advanced Development Contexts Examining the characteristics of advanced intellectual development or giftedness Consequences Consequences of advanced development for the child Consequences for the family Consequences for educational settings Consequences for communities Chapter 5:Cultural Belonging and Being at Home in Australia People’s Experiences of being and belonging in Australia How do people describe themselves and their cultural identity? Cultures and cultural contexts Changes in how people think about culture Processes of changing in relation to culture: Enculturation and acculturation Consequences: Cultural life in a multicultural society Negotiating multiple identities The benefits and burdens of a bicultural identity Becoming comfortable with diversity and multicultural identities PART C: FACE-TO-FACE CONTEXTS Chapter 6:Family as the Primary Context of Children’s Development Contexts What is a family? An overview of demographic trends in Australian families Different family structures Consequences The caregiver–child attachment relationship Different parenting styles Determinants of parenting quality Child contributions to parenting Ecology of the family: Consequences for children’s development and wellbeing Summary and implications Interventions to support parenting Chapter 7:Challenging Contexts for Contemporary Australian FamiliesStructural and cultural contexts Family structure: Single-parent families Cultural diversity Economic contexts Financial stress Poverty Housing stress Housing conditions Homelessness Social contexts Geographical isolation Social isolation Consequences of challenging contextual circumstances Single parenthood Poverty, homelessness and housing problems Geographic and social isolation Interventions to help alleviate economic and social disadvantage Communities for Children Schools as Community Centres Pathways to Prevention CREATE Model Family to FamilyAlternate ways of engaging families Chapter 8:Interconnections between Family, Child Care and EducationContexts Policy directions informing education and care Partnerships and interconnections with families Continuity and transitions between prior-to-school settings and school Consequences The influence of government policies: Quality assuranceThe influence of policies for preschool programs The influence of a strong start at school The influence of quantity of ECEC Chapter 9:Children and Technology in a Smart Device World Defining media, technology and play ContextsYou are what you eat Media and technology in the home Media and technology in educational settings Children’s engagement with technology and media Consequences Positive impacts of media and screen-based technologies on children Negative impacts of media and screen-based technologies on children Implications for parents and educators Chapter 10:Active Outdoor Play Contexts Population changes Child care Schools Measurement of physical activity and play Intervention studies Interventions in child care Interventions in schools Consequences Chapter 11:Relationships with Peers The development of peer relationships Peer friendships Peer acceptance and rejection Bullying in the peer context Factors predicting bullying and victimisation Bullying and the peer group Social ecology of the school environment Consequences Consequences for children’s development Approaches to interventions Summary PART D: BEYOND FACE-TO-FACE CONTEXTS Chapter 12:Child Protection and Out-of-Home Care Contexts Parental/state responsibility for children Defining child abuse and neglect Incidence of reported child abuse and neglect Risk factors for child maltreatment Risk factors for sexual abuse Response of the state to child abuse and neglect ConsequencesEffects of abuse and neglect on children Effects of out-of-home care on children The need for change in state response Chapter 13:Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families:The legacy of strong state intervention Introduction The historical context: a very brief summary of a very important history Citizenship and acknowledgement Education Stolen generations Consequences The outcomes of child removal Recent legislation, policy and saying ‘sorry’ The Northern Territory Intervention Closing the gap Supporting Indigenous families and children Conclusion Chapter 14:Early Education and Child Care Policy in Australia Contexts Early kindergartens and day nurseries Child Care Act 1972 (Cth) The Hawke and Keating Labor governments Privatisation and the growth of corporate child care A new start? Australia’s early childhood agenda Government assistance with child care costs Consequences Productivity Commission inquiry Implications of policy for children, families and communities Chapter 15:Children in Fragile Contexts: An International Perspective on Early Childhood in Emergency and Disaster SituationsContexts Disruption and displacement The impact of climate change Exclusion and multiple layers of vulnerability Child refugees and asylum seekers The importance of inclusive contexts Consequences Impact of emergencies on young children Child and community participation Looking ForwardChapter 16:Effective Policy to Support Children, Families and Communities Complex child and family needs and the importance of new service responses Research findings What are the policy implications of such findings? Communication, cooperation, and collaboration are easier said than done Success, scale, and sustainability: Keys to child- and family-focused initiatives Engaging families ‘Hard-to-reach’ families, or ‘hard-to-access’ services? Engaging with children Policy into practice Children, families, and communities: Public health policy approaches Conclusion Index

ISBN: 9780190304461
ISBN-10: 0190304464
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 28th October 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 19.6  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.83
Edition Number: 5
Edition Type: Revised

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