© 2011

New Approaches to Early Child Development

Rules, Rituals, and Realities

  • Editors
  • Hillel Goelman
  • Jayne Pivik
  • Martin Guhn

Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Hillel Goelman
    Pages 1-15
  3. Hillel Goelman, Martin Guhn
    Pages 17-32
  4. Hillel Goelman, Laurie Ford, Mari Pighini, Susan Dahinten, Anne Synnes, Lillian Tse et al.
    Pages 95-115
  5. Jayne Pivik, Susan Herrington, Michaela Gummerum
    Pages 117-139
  6. Hillel Goelman, Martin Guhn
    Pages 141-154
  7. Jayne Pivik, Hillel Goelman
    Pages 155-177
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 219-253

About this book


This book describes the findings of a five-year journey of inquiry of medical and social scientists. Of particular interest and emphasis are issues of gender, poverty, Aboriginal status, and cultural factors that frame the lives of "typical" and "non-typical" young children and their families in urban, rural and remote communities.


child development gender poverty

About the authors

SURETHA SWART Ph.D. Candidate in School Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, with a background in clinical psychology and child and youth mental health. Her current research and clinical interests revolve around supporting students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other disabilities in schools. ANNE SYNNES, MD, Clinical Neonatologist at British Columbia's Women's Hospital, medical director of the Neonatal Follow-Up program, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and member of the Child and Family Research Institute, Canada. Her clinical research interests are evaluating the clinical outcomes of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates and changing NICU practices to improve outcomes. LILLIAN TSE Master of Science in Nursing from University of British Columbia, Canada, in 2005. She was the recipient of the 2003 Sheena Davidson Fund for her study on Parents' Perceptions about a Behavioural Sleep Intervention. Tse is currently a public health nurse specialized in the health and development of young children. SILVIA VILCHES Completing her Ph.D. in Social Planning, focusing on the experiences of lone mothers with welfare reform under neo-liberal regimes. Her past work focuses on community capacity development, the community benefits of early childhood education, gender issues in the social and economic structures available to low income families, and equity issues for Aboriginal peoples and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, two-spirited, and transgendered people.

Bibliographic information


"This book provides an excellent guide for those interested in conducting interdisciplinary research on young children. Researchers and professionals in the medical and social sciences will benefit from the content and process of the CHILD Project as described in this volume." - Frank Oberklaid, Director, Center for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital, University of Melbourne