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Early Childhood Education

Society and Culture

By Angela Anning, Joy Cullen, Marilyn Fleer

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Format: Paperback, 248 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 19 November 2008
'The authors who have contributed to this book bring a wealth of expertise and a wide range of research findings. This gives the reader the opportunity to link theory with practice in a helpful and illuminating way' - Early Years Update Praise for the first edition: `...represents an enormously rich body of research and expertise focused on the objective of taking into account the social, historical and cultural dimensions of everyday activities in order to better understand children. ...will undoubtedly be of interest and value to anyone with a similar concern' - Early Years Journal `...an international state-of-the-art early childhood education publication that sets out research-based evidence and critically links this with theory and practice. It is pitched at the graduate level and beyond. Readers will gain more from the book if they have a thorough base understanding of relevant learning and social-cultural theories and an open-mind to appreciate the perspectives presented in this book' - Childforum, New Zealand This fully revised and up-to-date edition examines sociocultural and historical approaches to current theories of learning in early childhood education. It sets out research-based evidence linking theory and practice in early childhood settings. Written by leading figures in the field, the book extends a strong and traditional theme - the importance of the child's perspective and respect for each child's individual background. Within the context of early years settings, the book is structured around four overall themes: - the dynamics of learning and teaching - the nature of knowledge - assessment - evaluation and quality. This book is essential reading for undergraduate and advanced courses in early childhood studies.

Table of Contents

Research Contexts across Cultures - Angela Anning, Joy Cullan and Marilyn FleerPART ONE: CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF LEARNING AND PEDAGOGY IN EARLY YEARS SETTINGSDeveloping a Pedagogy of Play - Elizabeth WoodScaffolding Learning and Co-Constructing Understandings - Barbara Jordan Exploring Critical Constructivist Perspectives on Children's Learning - Glenda MacNaughtonPART TWO: THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE IN EARLY YEARS SETTINGSThe Co-Construction of an Early Childhood Curriculum - Angela AnningAdults Co-Constructing Professional Knowledge - Joy CullenBuilding Bridges between Literacies - Denise Williams-Kennedy PART THREE: ASSESSMENT IN EARLY YEARS SETTINGSThe Consequences of Sociological Assessment - Bronwen Cowie and Margaret CarrOn-Entry Baseline Assessment across Cultures - Peter Tymms and Christine MerrellCultural-Historical Assessment: Mapping the Transformation of Understanding - Marilyn Fleer and Carmel RichardsonPART FOUR: EVALUATION AND QUALITY IN EARLY YEARS SETTINGSQuality Teaching in the Early Years - Iram Siraj-BlatchfordQuestioning Evaluation Quality in Early Childhood - Valerie N PodmoreMultiple Pathways between Home and School Literacies - Susan Hill and Susan NicholsPART FIVE: CONCLUSIONA Framework for Conceptualizing Early Childhood Education - Marilyn Fleer, Angela Anning and Joy Cullen

About the Author

Angela Anning is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Leeds, where she worked for seventeen years in the School of Education. Her professional background is in early childhood education, particularly in inner cities. Her research interests include professional knowledge and practice in integrated services for children. In the last five years she has been a member of the National Evaluation of Sure Start team based at Birkbeck College, London.

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'The authors who have contributed to this book bring a wealth of expertise and a wide range of research findings. This gives the reader the opportunity to link theory with practice in a helpful and illuminating way' - Early Years Update

EAN: 9781847874535
ISBN: 1847874533
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Dimensions: 24.2 x 17 centimetres (0.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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