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Extending Professional Practice in the Early Years

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November 2011 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Extending Professional Practice in the Early Years is aimed at early years practitioners engaged in on-going learning and working in a diverse range of settings. It will be of interest to those undertaking undergraduate and graduate training in early years, and those involved in continuing their professional development. It is a valuable and unique resource for those in the later stages of their professional development.

The book encourages readers to take a critical stance in relation to a wide range of themes and issues which are reflected in the four parts of the book:

  • Listening to children
  • Diversity and transitions
  • Pedagogy and practice
  • Leadership and change

Throughout the book, authors reflect common concerns such as the rights of children, diversity, and a more holistic approach to working with young children, and highlight key research in the field.


 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: LISTENING TO CHILDREN
 
Introduction
Alison Clark
Ways of Seeing: Using the Mosaic Approach to Listen to Young Children's Perspectives
Dora Giusti, Roger Hart and Selim Iltus
Is My City or Community Child-Friendly?
Alison Stephenson
Horses in the Sandpit: Photography, Prolonged Involvement and 'Stepping back' as Strategies for Listening to Children's Voices
Rosie Flewitt
Conducting Research with Young Children: Some Ethical Considerations
Martin Woodhead
Promoting Young Children's Development: Implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
 
PART TWO: DIVERSITY AND TRANSITIONS
Rose Drury
Introduction
Jeanette Rhedding-Jones
Questioning Diversity
Christine Hickman and Kyffin Jones
Inclusive Practice for Children with Special Educational Needs
Jan Peeters and Michel Vandenbroeck
Childcare Practitioners and the Process of Professionalization
Alice Paige-Smith, Jonathan Rix and Anna Craft
Reflective Family-Centred Practices: Parents' Perspectives and Early Intervention
Siân Wyn Siencyn
The Challenges for Children Experiencing Rural Poverty in Wales
Liz Brooker
'Just Like Having a Best Friend': How Babies and Toddlers Construct Relationships with Their Key Workers in Nurseries
Sally Peters
'I Didn't Expect I Would Get Tons of Friends… More Each Day': Children's Experiences of Friendship during the Transition to School
Deborah Albon
Postmodern and Post-Structuralist Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
 
PART THREE: PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE
Linda Miller
Introduction
Liz Jones, Rachel Holmes, Christina MacRae and Maggie MacLure
'Improper' Children
Christine Stephen, Joanna McPake and Lydia Plowman
Digital Technologies at Home: the Experiences of Three and Four-Year-Olds in Scotland
Mariane Hedegaard
A Cultural-Historical Theory of Children's Development
Trisha Maynard and Sarah Chicken
Through a Different Lens: Exploring Reggio Emilia in a Welsh Context
Pat Petrie, Janet Boddy, Claire Cameron, Ellen Heptinstall, Susan McQuail, Antonia Simon and Valerie Wigfall
Pedagogy: a Holistic, Personal Approach to Work with Children and Young People Across Services
 
PART FOUR: LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE
 
Introduction
Gill McGillivray
Constructions of Professional Identity
Mary E. Whalley
Leading and Managing in the Early Years
Jillian Rodd
Building and Leading a Team
Iram Siraj-Blatchford and Laura Manni
Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector: The ELEYS Study
Judith Whitmarsh
Negotiating the Moral Maze: Developing Ethical Literacy in Multi-Agency Settings

This is an excellent resource for students with relevant examples and case studies from practice to illustrate key themes and theories. The book supports students to adopt a critical approach to current practice and places the child at the centre of practice.

Miss Ellen Yates
Education Health & Sciences, Derby University
March 28, 2013

A very good read adopted by many of my students.

Mrs Jayne Daly
Faculty of Buisness Law and Education, Staffordshire University
October 30, 2012

Covers a wide range of very useful topics related to working with young children. Some very thought provoking chapters that will be extremely useful for Masters Level discussion and debate.

Mrs Heather Macdonald
Education , Chester University
August 23, 2012

A book which draws together differing professional practice strands. Informative and supplemental reading for candidates wishing to expore some of these issues in more detail.

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
July 2, 2012

The book will be added to course materials for consideration by the students in their assignments.

Ms Allison Goddard
School of Education, Winchester University
May 3, 2012

An excellent book about professional practice in the early years. The text is easy to follow and covers a wide range of themes.

Mrs Justine Gallagher
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
March 12, 2012

links well to course

Mrs Paula Willis
School of Health Studies, Darlington College
February 20, 2012

I particularly liked the emphasis on the important topic of the voice of the child in this book.

Mrs Karen Morris
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
January 29, 2012

An excellent text book to compliment professional practice in early education and for those who are updating skills within the field.
The text is easy to follow and the chapters have a wealth of information.
This will be recommended to all students and for references purposes.

Ms Lisa Oneill
Education , City College Norwich
December 15, 2011
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