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Early Childhood Education
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Early Childhood Education
Society and Culture

Second Edition


March 2009 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.


Angela Anning, Joy Cullan and Marilyn Fleer
Research Contexts across Cultures
 
PART ONE: CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF LEARNING AND PEDAGOGY IN EARLY YEARS SETTINGS
Elizabeth Wood
Developing a Pedagogy of Play
Barbara Jordan
Scaffolding Learning and Co-Constructing Understandings
Glenda MacNaughton
Exploring Critical Constructivist Perspectives on Children's Learning
 
PART TWO: THE NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE IN EARLY YEARS SETTINGS
Angela Anning
The Co-Construction of an Early Childhood Curriculum
Joy Cullen
Adults Co-Constructing Professional Knowledge
Denise Williams-Kennedy
Building Bridges between Literacies
 
PART THREE: ASSESSMENT IN EARLY YEARS SETTINGS
Bronwen Cowie and Margaret Carr
The Consequences of Sociological Assessment
Peter Tymms and Christine Merrell
On-Entry Baseline Assessment across Cultures
Marilyn Fleer and Carmel Richardson
Cultural-Historical Assessment: Mapping the Transformation of Understanding
 
PART FOUR: EVALUATION AND QUALITY IN EARLY YEARS SETTINGS
Iram Siraj-Blatchford
Quality Teaching in the Early Years
Valerie N Podmore
Questioning Evaluation Quality in Early Childhood
Susan Hill and Susan Nichols
Multiple Pathways between Home and School Literacies
 
PART FIVE: CONCLUSION
Marilyn Fleer, Angela Anning and Joy Cullen
A Framework for Conceptualizing Early Childhood Education

Creates an understanding of the context in which Early Childhood Education has developed. Anning's style of presentation is as accessible for 1st year degree students as it is for 3rd years, useful.

Ms Christina Devane
Department of Humanities, Institute of Technology Carlow
August 12, 2011

This book will be very useful to degree students throughout their studies. It's a book I have dipped in and out of and I am sure students will do the same. Some of the ideas and concepts will challenge students thinking. The critical link between theory and practice and the use of case studies used in some of the chapters will help students engage with the ideas presented to them and widen their perspectives of working with children and families.

Mrs Jackie Braithwaite
East Cheshire Business School, Macclesfield College
July 13, 2011

this book offers the reader a view of the effects society and culture can have on education

Mrs Kerrie Lee
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
June 20, 2011

This text places early education securely within a socio-cultural framework. Anning, Cullen and Fleer draw on other current research to explore the context of society in early childhood pyschological and sociological development and present a number of current theories for reflection. The case studies provide rich teaching material for discussion and encouraging students to take their understanding further. The course is Childhood and Family Studies and this text will be useful for a number of modules.

Mrs Karen Clarke
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
August 26, 2010

Used particularly with early childhood studies. A good resource for the lecturer to draw on for historical contexts

Mrs Steph Evans
Education , St Martins College Lancaster
November 17, 2009
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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

Chapter 2: Developing a pedagogy of play


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