Themes and Debates in Early Childhood

Author: Mary Wild
Publisher: Learning Matters
ISBN: 1446281361
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Early Childhood is a complex and diverse field. This text is designed to help students understand and engage with current themes in early childhood, supporting the development of critical thinking skills. Key themes such as children's voice, child wellbeing, identities and professional relationships are presented and opened up for the reader through essential theory and selected extracts. Thought provoking activities in all chapters help students to get a deeper understanding of contemporary themes in early childhood, supporting them in assignment writing and in linking theory to practice. About the Early Years Series This series has been designed to support students of degrees and foundation degrees in Early Years, Early Childhood and related disciplines. Each text takes a focused look at a specific topic and approaches it in an accessible and user-friendly way. Learning features help readers engage with the text and understand the subject from a number of different viewpoints. Activities pose questions to prompt thought and discussion and further reading suggestions, including useful websties, are included to help students access extended learning in each topic. Other titles in the series are Early Childhood Studies, Child Development for Early Childhood Studies, Child Observation for the Early Years and Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies.

Early Childhood Studies Enhancing Employability and Professional Practice

Author: Ewan Ingleby
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472506332
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Early Childhood Studies: Enhancing Employability and Professional Practice explores essential aspects of best practice within children's services in order to enhance employability skills, identifying how and why key aspects of best practice have emerged within children's services. The key elements of professional practice at the centre of the multidisciplinary work in today's children's services are considered, including: • different childhoods; • child development; • enhanced learning; • professional skills; • inclusion; • holistic practice. Each chapter draws together practical teaching experience with sound academic analysis to support those training to work in the early childhood sector, and those already practising, to raise their employability potential by identifying and evaluating best practice.

Developing Learning in Early Childhood

Author: Tina Bruce
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446226441
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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`This book is useful for students and lecturers of early childhood. It provides concise overviews of relevant research of early childhood development, theories of play and can be utilised as a contemporary, reference book by a range of professionals' - Debate `The chapter on young children becoming symbol users make a valuable contribution to the literature, and I shall be inspired and haunted in equal measure by the plea that epitomises this book and its story' - Marian Whitehead, Early Years `It's an excellent and easy-to-read text to read, blending theory and research with practice. Each chapter format is clear, with the key themes outlined at the beginning the main body, followed by useful and thought-provoking questions for good practice to ponder and relevant further reading at the end' - Nursery World ` Tina Bruce clearly loves children and delights in their development. She has produced an academic work which is both sensitive and stimulating but decidedly unpreachy' - Kirsty Wark, Broadcaster This book shows how adults can support children and actively help them develop their learning in early childhood. Drawing on traditional approaches as well as recent research and theories, Tina Bruce shows the need for balance in early years education and care between the biological and socio-cultural aspects of the development of learning. The book includes a wide range of examples from practitioners, including nursery teachers, health visitors, and community workers. Features include: - what does it mean to develop learning ? - learning by doing real things - how language helps - creativity and imagination - diversity and inclusion. This book is essential for students, practitioners and tutors of Foundation Degrees and Early Childhood Studies Degrees. The 0-8 series edited by Tina Bruce, deals with essential themes in early childhood, which concern practitioners, parents and children. Titles in the 0-8 series Marian Whitehead: Developing Language and Literacy with Young Children Second Edition Rosemary Roberts: Self-Esteem and Early Learning Second Edition Cath Arnold: Child Development and Learning 2-5 - Georgia's Story Pat Gura: Resources for Early Learning Chris Pascal and Tony Bertram: Effective Early Learning: Case Studies in Improvement Mollie Davies: Movement and Dance Second Edition John Mathews: Drawing and Painting Second Edition

International Perspectives in the Early Years

Author: Linda Miller
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446292819
Format: PDF, ePub
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'This informative and wide-ranging book argues persuasively for the value of multiple perspectives, both international and disciplinary, in the study and practice of early childhood education, because they feed our imaginations and provoke us to think. And while illustrating the many differences that exist between countries, it highlights the shared issues confronting us, wherever we live.' - Emeritus Professor Peter Moss, Institute of Education, University of London Stemming from original research in the field, a range of expert contributors explore the key themes and debates surrounding international perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Drawing on studies carried out in Norway, Mexico, France, Hungary and many more countries, the book covers a wide range of topics including: the relationship between early childhood and primary education gender and play in ECEC curriculum inclusion early interventions working with families place-based learning With case studies, detailed suggestions for further reading at different levels and discussion points, this is a key text for students of Early Years at all levels, from Foundation Degree to Masters, as well as current early years practitioners. Linda Miller is Professor Emeritus of Early Years, The Open University. Claire Cameron is Senior Reader in Education at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.

Doing Action Research In Early Childhood Studies A Step By Step Guide

Author: Mac Naughton, Glenda
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335228623
Format: PDF
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Using varied illustrations and case studies of contemporary projects in diverse early childhood contexts, the book addresses specific issues and challenges that you might face when conducting action research in such settings.

Early Childhood Studies

Author: Jane Johnston
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317200977
Format: PDF, Docs
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This fully updated new edition offers a comprehensive, accessible, yet rigorous introduction to the study of Early Childhood that will will add value to any Early Childhood Studies course at both foundation and degree level. Addressing both care and education in the Early Years, the book considers a range of multi-disciplinary aspects of Early Childhood; including health, social, educational, psychological and sociological perspectives. Early Childhood Studies engages the reader by providing real-world examples that underpin theoretical perspectives and bring examples to life, while encouraging practitioners to engage in reflective practice by considering their own similar experiences. Key features include: Engaging activities and case studies that bring theory to life Cutting-edge research Practical tasks and advice with points for further reading End of chapter summaries, Reflective Tasks and Study Skills boxes in each chapter Full colour illustrations throughout This core introductory textbook is an indispensable resource for Early Years’ students and professionals, whatever their level of expertise or experience.

Science in Early Childhood

Author: Coral Campbell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107623316
Format: PDF, Docs
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This comprehensive and engaging text covers the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of teaching science in early childhood settings.

Maria Montessori

Author: Marion O'Donnell
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441186549
Format: PDF, ePub
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Maria Montessori considers the origins of Montessori education, examines the key themes of this philosophy of education and explores the relevance of Montessori practices today. Montessori students aged 3-18 study in a stress-free environment with no timetables, no examinations and no homework and yet they are empowered, independent and self-disciplined learners. The curriculum follows the interests of individual children and Montessori educators focus on the development of the whole child, promoting happiness and wellbeing. Marion O'Donnell explores the key aspects of Montessori education: child development; the learning environment; the role of the teacher; the role of the learner and parental involvement. Within each key aspect, Marion considers the implications for Montessori education, the views of critics and supporters, the implications for education today and the implications for research. Each aspect is considered within an international context, drawing on research and practice in Europe, the USA, South America, Australia and Asia.

Effective Leadership And Management In The Early Years

Author: Moyles, Janet
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335221017
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book covers key topics such as diversity, bereavement and effective nutrition for children. It offers a unique collection from leading international education specialists in the field.

Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care

Author: Carmen Dalli
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317987128
Format: PDF, ePub
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The professionalism of the early childhood sector has gained prominence on the policy agendas of many countries. National pedagogical frameworks or curricula and an upsurge of pathways to gaining or upgrading qualifications has led to a pervasive terminology of professionalism. Yet, despite the pervasiveness of this terminology, the question of what professionalism means in early years contexts remains open to debate. This book draws together the work of an international group of scholars who have engaged with this question. They ask: How can professionalism be conceptualised in early childhood settings? How might one act professionally in increasingly diverse and changing social and cultural contexts? Do we have a common ground of understanding about these terms? Are there key concepts that can be agreed upon? Drawing on research and experience across a wide range of national contexts, this book seeks an understanding of early childhood professionalism in local contexts that might throw light on the global implications of this term. This book was published as a special issue in the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal.