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Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years

Thinking Through Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years

January 2011 | 208 pages | Learning Matters
This practical, accessible book encourages a deep, often challenging, consideration of how young children learn and how teachers and other adults best support their learning. Essential reading for education students, it draws on research and practice to help readers reflect critically on their beliefs and practice. After comparing different views of pedagogy, it explores children's development and the importance of culture and context, emphasising the attributes of successful learners, relationships and the learning environment. Readers are helped think through how different aspects of pedagogy are interlinked and consider the implications for breadth, balance, planning and assessment and continuing professional development.

Revealing assumptions about teaching and learning
Exploring the historical, cultural and political context of pedagogy
Making sense of young children's development
Understanding knowledge and intelligence
Identifying the attributes of, and barriers to, successful learning
Creating an inclusive learning environment
Providing breadth and balance
Supporting successful learning
Assessing and planning for teaching
Building up your expertise
Facing the challenge of an unknown future

Comprehensive, thought provoking yet accessible. This book is a gem and one that I shall be drawing to students attention immediately. It's critical thinking activities and following comments should gently guide students to the processing of skills so much in demand. I look forward to more of the same calibre in this series
Lecturer, Bridgwater College

A very insightful book for the learners who are undertaking the Primary Education module.

Miss Annette Trilk
childcare, Wakefield College
February 24, 2015

An interesting book. I recommended it to some students as felt it would be useful for their dissertation project.

Miss Louise Kay
Department of Education, Huddersfield University
November 7, 2014

An excellent book although pitched a little higher than makes it suitable for the Level 3 Early Years Educators that I originally hoped to use it with. Neithertheless, I will recommend this interesting book to my Level 5 students instead.

Lynette Morris
Internal Quality Assurance, Chiltern Training Group
July 28, 2014

Well received by students doing a BA in Early Childhood Studies. The book came very valuable when preparing their assignments.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
March 18, 2014

Theory into practice approach is most valuable for undergraduate students attempting to improve their reflection skills.

Dorothy McMillan
Early Childhood Education Department, Stranmillis University College
April 16, 2013

A book rich in ideas and exploration that repays careful re-reading.

Mr Keith Savage
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
March 13, 2013

useful as a supplementary text to complement other texts on pedagogy

Ms Babs Anderson
Education Studies, Liverpool Hope University
January 24, 2013

a strong text - excellent detail - will be promoted and purchased for library. Some new ideas here, great stimulus for classroom discussion.

Mrs Sarah Barton
School of Education, Portsmouth University
September 17, 2012

This is a useful text for providing background reading. I also used some of the exercises with students. They enjoyed using them.

Mrs Zenna Kingdon
Faculty of Education, College of St Mark and St John
June 15, 2012

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