Small is beautiful

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This Editorial introduces eight original articles, seven of which report new empirical studies. The Editorial argues for the value of small-scale research in the field of early childhood in an increasingly globalised context. We are currently navigating an unprecedented level of international policy focus on early childhood development. For so long a space characterised by low status and funds to match, early childhood development is now in the sights of large global organisations with money. The World Bank, the OECD and the United Nations have recognised the potential of investment in children’s earliest years to return human capacity. Now, along with many national governments, these organisations’ policies are beginning to reflect that recognition. Mechanisms to monitor investment return globally are beginning to emerge…
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-97
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Early Years Education
Issue number2
Early online date11 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

Bibliographical note

Jane Murray is Associate Professor and Co-Director at the Centre for Education and Research, University of Northampton, UK. She has published extensively on early childhood education and social inclusion, and is Editor of the International Journal of Early Years Education.


  • Early childhood education
  • early years education
  • global approaches to early childhood
  • international approaches to early childhood
  • small-scale research


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