I've written on here before about the usefulness of Open Access research (see previous post for details), but today's post is specifically about journal articles which are freely available. Traditionally it's been quite difficult to access high quality research which is published in journals - you either need to hope that you're attached to an institution which subscribes to the item you're after, or be prepared to
pay a usually quite hefty fee to obtain it.

Increasingly though, a growing number of academic authors are choosing to publish their articles in an Open Access format - this means that while their work still appears in recognised journal titles, it is also available to anyone who wishes to read it, usually either from the journal's website, or through an online repository hosted by the institution where they work. Sometimes these items will be a 'pre-print' version of the final article, which may undergo some changes before publication, but they're unlikely to differ significantly from the final version.

At the bottom of this post is a list of 35 of these articles, together with a link to the full text of each one. It's by no means a comprehensive list of Open Access articles - instead I've tried to choose items which contain material relevant to many of the topics which I get enquiries about on a regular basis. There is plenty more out there where this came from!

It's worth noting that Open Access doesn't have to mean 'low quality'. Most Open Access journals still require articles to undergo peer review before they are published, and if you look at the list below you'll see works by well known authors such as Kathy Sylva or Iram Siraj-Blatchford, as well as long established journals such as Child Development or British Journal of Educational Psychology.

It's also the case that a growing number of new Open Access online journals are being established. So far I've come across 5 titles which deal specifically with childcare and early years issues, but it's likely that in time more will appear. Or if you're aware of a useful publication that I've missed, please share it with other site visitors by leaving a comment on this post.

Anyway, without further ado, here are 5 Open Access journals that may be of interest:
And here is a list of Open Access articles covering various aspects of childhood & education:

Anthony, G. & Walshaw, M. (2009) Mathematics education in the early years. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 107-12. http://bit.ly/IxCq9M (requires you to enter a code)

Bath, C. (2013) Conceptualising listening to young children as an ethic of care in early childhood education and care. Children & Society. Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 361-71. http://bit.ly/IrRh52

Bergen, D. (2002) The role of pretend play in children's cognitive development. Early Childhood Research & Practice. Vol. 4, No. 1. http://bit.ly/oz3Jsc

Bourke, L. & Adams, A. (2012) Is it differences in language skills and working memory that account for girls being better at writing than boys? Journal of Writing Research. Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 249-77. http://bit.ly/1eynORH

Burnett, C. (2010) Technology and literacy in early childhood educational settings: a review of research. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 247-70. http://bit.ly/1im4r3L

Button, S.W. & Millward, P. (2005) Talking and literacy in the early years. Forum. Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 34-8. http://bit.ly/IxD8Uu

Campbell, T. (2014) Stratified at seven: in-class ability grouping and the relative age effect. British Educational Research Journal. http://bit.ly/18Od1T3

Cartmell, K.M. (2011) Educational transitions within the UK: what is known and what needs to be investigated? The Psychology of Education Review. Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 27-32. http://bit.ly/199FNd2

Cortazar, A. & Herreros, F. (2010) Early attachment relationships and the early childhood curriculum. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 192-202. http://bit.ly/1dGDMws (requires you to enter a code)

Davis, J.M. (2005) Educating for sustainability in the early years: creating cultural change in a child care setting. Australian Journal of Environmental Education. Vol. 21, pp. 47-55. http://bit.ly/1eHsPrC

Dockrell, J., Stuart, M. & King, D. (2010) Supporting early oral language skills for English Language Learners in inner city preschool provision. British Journal of Educational Psychology. Vol. 80, No. 4, pp. 497-515. http://bit.ly/18OdynM

Forman, G. & Hall, E. (2005) Wondering with children: the importance of observation in early education. Early Childhood Research & Practice. Vol. 7, No. 2. http://bit.ly/16tmqem

Glazzard, J. (2011) Assessment for learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Early Years Foundation Stage Forum. http://bit.ly/1dGE6vr

Glazzard, J. (2012) Inclusion in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Early Years Foundation Stage Forum. http://bit.ly/1afa5e2

Grantham-McGregor, S. et al. (2007) Development potential in the first 5 years for children in developing countries. Lancet. Vol. 369, No. 9555, pp. 60-70. http://1.usa.gov/1afacpS

Haney, M. & Bissonette, M. (2011) Teachers' perceptions about the use of play to facilitate development and teach prosocial skills. Creative Education. Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 41-6. http://bit.ly/1cRvi0o

Hartas, D. (2011) Children's language and behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and prosocial behaviour during the toddler years and at school entry. British Journal of Special Education. Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 83-91. http://bit.ly/IwAu0p

Likierman, M. (2008) Spanning presence and absence: separation anxiety in the early years. In: "What can the matter be?" Therapeutic Interventions with Parents, Infants and Young Children. The Tavistock Clinic Series. Karnac Books, London, pp. 99-104. http://bit.ly/1j21D9P

Lloyd, E. & Hallet, E. (2010) Professionalising the early childhood workforce in England: work in progress or missed opportunity? Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 75-88. http://bit.ly/18ceVZJ (requires you to enter a code)

Maynard, T. (2007) Forest schools in Great Britain: an initial exploration. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 320-31. http://bit.ly/IlpeEy (requires you to enter a code)

Moss, P. (2007) Bringing politics into the nursery: early childhood education as a democratic performance. http://bit.ly/1b25UH

Moss, P. (2010) We cannot continue as we are: the educator in an education for survival. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 8-19. http://bit.ly/1dGEKJl (requires you to enter a code)

Reebye, P. (2005) Aggression during early years: infancy and preschool. The Canadian Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Review. Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 16-20. http://1.usa.gov/18cfcMg

Rose, J. & Rogers, S. (2012) Principles under pressure: student teachers' perspectives on final teaching practice in early childhood classrooms. International Journal of Early Years Education. Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 43-58. http://bit.ly/1c1VLqz

Sandseter, E. (2009) Children's expressions of exhilaration and fear in risky play. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 92-106. http://bit.ly/IwB6mv (requires you to enter a code)

Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2009) Conceptualising progression in the pedagogy of play and sustained shared thinking in early childhood education: a Vygotskian perspective. Educational & Child Psychology. Vol. 26, No. 2. http://bit.ly/1b4JW57

Swain, J. & Brooks, G. (2014) The benefits of family literacy provision for parents in England. Journal of Early Childhood Research. Vol. 12. http://bit.ly/1cRwiBT

Sylva, K. et al. (2011) Effects of early child-care on cognition, language and task-related behaviours at 18 months: an English study. British Journal of Developmental Psychology. Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 18-45. http://bit.ly/199GT8D

Sylva, K. & Evangelou, M. (2007) Evidence on effective early childhood interventions from the United Kingdom: an evaluation of the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP). Early Childhood Research & Practice. Vol. 9, No. 1. http://bit.ly/gADjLx

Tomas, C. (2008) Childhood and rights: reflections on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Childhoods Today. Vol. 2, No. 2. http://bit.ly/1bvXwS2

Vandell, D.L. et al. (2010) Do effects of early child care extend to age 15 years? Results from the NICHD study of early child care and youth development. Child Development. Vol. 81, No. 3, pp. 737-56. http://1.usa.gov/1b4KjwK

Waldfogel, J. & Washbrook, E. (2011) Early years policy. Child Development Research. pp. 1-12. http://bit.ly/1cEDotA

Walker, S. et al. (2011) Early years teachers' epistemic beliefs and beliefs about children's moral learning. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 263-75. http://bit.ly/18cgbfD

Wyver, S. et al. (2010) Ten ways to restrict children's freedom to play: the problem of surplus safety. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 263-277. http://bit.ly/18cgdnE (requires you to enter a code)

Zevenbergen, R. (2007) Digital natives come to preschool: implications for early childhood practice. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 19-29. http://bit.ly/12sug9L (requires you to enter a code)

It's also the case that Open Access is making it possible to easily access more and more theses which researchers will find useful, which will be the subject of a future post on this site.


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