Early Childhood and Neuroscience is a practical guide to understanding the complex and challenging subject of neuroscience and its use (and abuse) in early childhood policy and practice.
The author begins by introducing the definition and history of neuroscience. The reader is then led through structured chapters discussing questions such as Why should practitioners know about neuroscience? How can neuroscience help practitioners? and Is it relevant? Topics covered include the nature vs. nurture debate through the lens of neuroscience, “the forbidden experiment” and discussion on just how critical the first three years of life are to healthy brain development. The book provides a balanced overview of the debates around the topic by weaving discussion on the opportunities of using neuroscience in early childhood practice with in-depth discussion on the limitations and ethical implications throughout the chapters. This enables students to inform their own opinions about the discipline and its use in their future practice.
Clear explanations of the major terms and theories are complemented with illustrative case studies of cutting-edge research from around the world, a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading. Reflective discussion questions give students the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world contexts. These features encourage and support independent critical thinking, helping students to reflect on, evaluate and analyse a range of ideas, research findings and applications for their own future early childhood practice.
Early Childhood and Neuroscience is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field as well as for the new practitioner.