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Effective Early Years Education: Teaching Young Children


In this concise and accessible guide, the authors are sympathetic to the particular demands of teaching three to eight year olds and offer practical solutions to the complex issues that are currently faced by early years educators. In recognizing the demands on practitioners, they provide new and challenging frameworks for an understanding of the practice of teaching young children and draw upon international research to offer a sound model of early years subject-structured teaching which has the quality of children's learning at its centre. Their aim is to support teacher expertise through stimulating teachers' thinking about children's development, motivation, ways of learning and the subjects they teach. These topics are clearly set in the complex institutional settings in which practitioners work and ways of taking and evaluating action are offered.


Table of Contents



1 Introduction: education from three to eight

Effectiveness is not a simple matter

The language of early years practice

An early years curriculum?

Learning teachers in learning institutions

Early years practice as professional activity

2 Becoming a pupil

Schools create pupils

Developing a learner identity

The transition between home and school

The well-motivated pupil

Becoming an effective learner

Points for reflection

Further reading

3 Children's learning

We are all teachers

What are we teaching?

All children are learners

Learners need teachers

The relationship between language and concept acquisition

The shifting role of the teacher

The active engagement of the learner

Learning through play

Points for reflection

Further reading

4 A curriculum for the early years

Development or learning?

Elements of an early years curriculum

Curriculum and making meaning

Language and subjects

Subjects and integration

The power of the discourse


Points for reflection

Further reading

5 Subjects and the early years curriculum

Science and concept development

Religious education and concept development

Mathematics and learning through discovery

Geography and learning through discovery

History and the place of knowledge in the early years curriculum

Technology, re-presentation and progression

Music, re-presentation and progression

English and the integrated curriculum

Art and the integrated curriculum

Physical education and fitness and the integrated curriculum

Summary: subjects and the integrated curriculum

Cross-curricular themes

The one hundred-and-fifty per cent curriculum?

Effective curriculum: a summary

Points for reflection

Further reading

6 The organization of the learning environment

Order in chaos

Creating harmony

Setting tasks

The teacher as a resource

Managing learning through groupwork

Independent learning

Assessment in the learning environment

Managing other adults

Points for reflection

Further reading

7 Parents and professionals

Where the power lies

Parental involvement and equality of opportunity

Typical parents?

Ways and means

Parental involvement and whole-school policies

The open learning environment

Points for reflection

Further reading

8 Developing the curriculum

A technocratic approach to curriculum development

Curriculum development as action research

Curriculum plans and an integrated model of curriculum development

Points for reflection

Further reading

9 Developing the organization

The practitioner and the organization

Bureaucracy and early years education

Processes: people and effective organizations

Points for action

Further reading

10 Endpiece



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