Early Childhood Education
Journal of Early Childhood Research
The Journal of Early Childhood Research provides a major international forum for the dissemination of early childhood research, crossing disciplinary boundaries and applying theory and research within a multiprofessional community. This journal’s focus reflects a worldwide growth in theoretical and empirical research on learning and development in early childhood and the impact of this on services provided.
The journal’s overarching aim is to promote high quality, international early childhood research findings that are at the forefront of current theory and practice and that generate new knowledge to enhance the lives of young children and their families. This will be achieved by doing the following:
• providing access to the expanding multidisciplinary knowledge base;
• exposing and stimulating debate on current controversies in the field— methodological and ethical;
• considering the implications and applications of such findings for the improvement of life chances of young children and their families;
• establishing a means for collaborative links between early childhood research centres in the international context.
Given these aims, the journal is interdisciplinary, drawing, for instance, from anthropology, epidemiology, education, health and medicine, law, neurology, paediatrics, philosophy, psychology, social policy and welfare, and sociology.
Since the intention is to disseminate international research germane to the area of early childhood and foster an international research culture, the primary audience is established academics and researchers, as well as new researchers, postgraduate students, and undergraduates, completing final-year projects and dissertations. The journal’s role in bringing new knowledge on early childhood into the field will appeal equally, however, to the growing range of multiprofessional teams working on behalf of young children and their families.