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Threads of Thinking
Schemas and Young Children's Learning

Fourth Edition


April 2011 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In her new edition of this popular book, Cathy Nutbrown presents evidence of continuity and progression in young children's thinking. She shows, with detailed observation, that they are able and active learners. She considers aspects of children's patterns of learning and thinking—or schemas—and demonstrates clearly how children learn in an active, dynamic and creative way.

This book makes schema theory explicit in practice. Supported by numerous detailed examples and the discussion of difficult theoretical issues, it illustrates children's learning in areas such as literacy, maths and science.

This Fourth Edition includes:
  • A new chapter on professional development

  • Changes in early years and primary practice

  • More coverage of theories of learning in relation to pedagogy

Threads of Thinking is for early years practitioners who wish to support and develop children's learning.

Professor Cathy Nutbrown is Director of the Masters program in Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield.

 
PART ONE: YOUNG CHILDREN LEARNING
 
Thinking about Young Children Learning
 
Some Questions about Schemas
 
PART TWO: CHILDREN'S PATTERNS OF LEARNING
 
Consistency, Continuity and Progression in Young Children's Learning
 
Schemas as Consistent Patterns of Behaviour: Studies of Three Children
 
PART THREE: SCHEMAS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
 
Children's Developing Understanding of Mathematical and Scientific Ideas
 
Patterns of Literacy
 
Nourishing Children's Thinking through Stories
 
PART FOUR: IMPLICATIONS FOR EARLY EDUCATION
 
A Curriculum for Thinking Children
 
Assessment for Learning
 
Working with Parents

So relevant to modules and over all student understanding. Written in the appropriate level and comprhensively covered the subject. Students found this very helpful.

Miss Victoria Sheridan
Department of Health and Caring, North-West Kent College of Technology
May 5, 2012

A useful, informative text

Mrs Vivien Linington
Department of Education, University of the Witwatersrand
April 30, 2012

A seminal text for understanding child development

Ms Ingrid Spencer
School of Education, University of Leicester
January 10, 2012

My students found this a very clear and accessible account of young children's schematic behaviour.

Ms Micky LeVoguer
Early Childhood Studies Scheme, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
December 29, 2011

A useful reference book.

Mrs Jan Roberts
Childcare, Herefordshire College of Technology
October 12, 2011

this is an essential text for practitioners working with young children and gives valuable insight into understanding how children think. It places the role of observation as a key ingredient in understanding children and their thinking. I particulalry enjoyed the chapter about working with parents. I also think that the use of Athey's 3 Ps: professionals, parents and pedagogy is a great aide memoire to what we should be doing and reflecting upon in our work with children.

Dr Jackie Musgrave
Early Years Department, Solihull College
September 4, 2011

I will be adopting this as an essential text. It clearly outlines key issues for all practitioners to consider in relation to young children's learning.

Mrs Deborah Seward
Education, University of Cumbria
September 1, 2011

This is a really good book for undergraduate students interested in Teacher Training and/or completing their research project. Additionally, the layout of the book is simple and clearly written making it easy to dip in an out of. It will be of great benefit to students who have trouble reading and understanding theoretical text such as schema.

Ms Heather Allison
HALE, London Metropolitan University
August 9, 2011

An informative book for the early years practitioner.

Mrs Lynne Kendall
Education , Liverpool John Moores University
July 12, 2011

I will defintely use this book on my reading list for students on F degree ITT and Childhood Studies. It makes simple and understandable reading for students, uses excellent sources and includes good examples of schema etc in context

Mrs Denise Chadwick
Education , Huddersfield University
July 12, 2011

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