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Early Childhood and Primary Education : Readings and Reflections - Jane Johnston

Early Childhood and Primary Education

Readings and Reflections


Published: 1st October 2010
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Early years and primary are often seen as very separate stages of development, although children are expected to progress from one key stage to another in a seamless way and the historical and philosophical ideas underpinning practice at the different stages are often the same or similar. To be fully effective professionals need to understand and reflect on both children's experiences before and after the stage they are currently working in and the historical and current ideas and practice.

The current drive is to equip professionals working with young children with higher level understandings and skills and this involves consideration of the key historical and current theories and the development of the conceptual and philosophical frameworks which positively impact on current practice.

The strengths of this book are that it develops the necessary understandings and skills and closes the gap between professionals working together to support children holistic development. It also provides opportunities to engage in critical debate on current issues in professional practice, as identified in national and international reports and develop their skills through this engagement. It will be of benefit to a range of students on Initial Teacher Education, Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies programmes, as well as professionals working with children from birth to 11 years of age (from early career to leaders) and lecturers teaching HE courses.

List of figuresp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Understanding child developmentp. 5
Social developmentp. 7
Emotional developmentp. 28
Physical and spatial developmentp. 48
Cognitive developmentp. 65
Language developmentp. 84
The changing world of childhoodp. 101
The familyp. 103
Playp. 120
Globalizationp. 140
Multiculturalp. 156
The digital worldp. 172
Changing practice and professionalismp. 187
Working togetherp. 189
Professionalsp. 204
Policyp. 220
The curriculump. 236
Creativityp. 250
The individual childp. 264
Learning placesp. 281
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780335236565
ISBN-10: 0335236561
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 2.0
Edition Number: 1