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Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings : 4th Edition - Leonie Arthur

Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings

4th Edition

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Programming & Planning in Early Childhood Settings explores a range of approaches to curriculum and to documenting children’s learning, and is a valuable resource for early childhood education students and practitioners.

This well-known text provides a broad view of the concepts and issues in early childhood curriculum, reflecting ongoing discussions about what is meant by the terms ‘planning’ and ‘programming’ in the context of early childhood and what is authentic curriculum for young children. Its strong focus on sociocultural theories of learning promotes awareness of children’s diverse experiences, competencies and learning styles, and helps readers recognise the need for collaborative partnerships between educators, children and families in order to develop appropriate programs.

Thoroughly revised in response to recent developments in both early childhood education theory and in children’s services, this new edition of Programming & Planning in Early Childhood Settings retains the practical emphasis of previous editions. Numerous real-life examples, reflections, articles and case studies aid students in understanding a variety of educational theories, philosophies and frameworks. Throughout the book there is a focus on the processes of reflection, evaluation and ongoing improvement.


- Extensive cross-referencing between chapters ensures linkage between concepts.
- Has a strong focus on sociocultural theories of learning.
- Explores 'planning' and 'programming' in the context of early childhood education, authentic curriculum, documenting children's learning, reflective practice and collaborative learning.
- Contains real-life examples, reflections and articles distributed throughout, giving insight into the subject covered in the chapter.

New to this Edition

* NEW 'Chapter Learning Focus' in each chapter outlines what will be covered.
* NEW End of chapter 'Questions for Reflection' encourage readers to explore the issues further.
* Increased and revised cases, exercises and activities provide opportunities to apply theory and reflect on learning.
* NEW 'Recommended Resources' sections highlight key web resources and readings.
* NEW Instructor Supplementary Package including an Instructor's Manual and PowerPoint slides.
* Fully updated throughout to reflect current research, theory and practice.

About the Author

Leonie Arthur Leonie Arthur has worked in long day care, preschool and the early years of school across the early childhood field. She currently works with undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Western Sydney in areas of early childhood curriculum and literacy.

Bronwyn Beecher Bronwyn Beecher has worked in early childhood education in the early years of school. She presently works in early childhood education with undergraduate and post graduate students in the School of Education, University of Western Sydney in the areas of curriculum, literacy, family and community partnerships.

Elizabeth Death Elizabeth Death has worked within the early childhood profession for more than 25 years, with experience across both rural and urban settings and including directing and teaching in preschool and long day care settings, early intervention, lecturing at the University of Western Sydney and Charles Sturt University, teaching at TAFE, consultancy and service group management. Elizabeth is currently Director of UnitingCare Children's Services, an activity of UnitingCare NSW & ACT.

Susan Dockett Sue Dockett began her early childhood teaching career teaching in the early years of school and long day care centres, worked for many years at the University of Western Sydney and is now Professor of Early Childhood Education at Charles Sturt University.

Sue Farmer Sue Farmer has worked in early childhood education since the mid 1970's, with roles in pre-schools, long day care, early intervention and local government management. Sue worked for many years at the University of Western Sydney and is currrently actively involved in the early childhood education community in the far North Coast region of NSW, where she has been working within the TAFE system and early intervention as well as undertaking early childhood consultancy work.

"1. Setting the scene; 2. Children, families and communities; 3. Contemporary perspectives on children's play, learning and development; 4. Reflecting, evaluating and dynamic programs; 5. Journeys of change; 6. Developing philosophies; 7. Understanding the setting; 8. Curriculum approaches and pedagogies; 9. Documenting and planning for children's learning; 10. Relationships and interactions in children's learning; 11. Planned and spontaneous learning environments.

ISBN: 9780170133876
ISBN-10: 0170133877
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: October 2007
Country of Publication: AU
Edition Number: 4