Early Childhood Curriculum: Planning, Assessment, and Implementation

Early Childhood Curriculum: Planning, Assessment, and Implementation

by Claire McLachlan, Susan Edwards, Marilyn Fleer
     
 

Early Childhood Curriculum addresses current approaches to curriculum for infants, toddlers and young children, aged birth to eight. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the curriculum issues that student teachers and emerging practitioners will face and equips them with the decision-making tools that will ultimately enhance and promote young children's

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Early Childhood Curriculum addresses current approaches to curriculum for infants, toddlers and young children, aged birth to eight. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the curriculum issues that student teachers and emerging practitioners will face and equips them with the decision-making tools that will ultimately enhance and promote young children's learning. The text proposes a cultural-historical framework to explore diverse approaches to early years education, drawing on research and examples of practice across a range of international contexts. It offers a clear focus on domain areas of the curriculum-the arts, health and wellbeing, literacy and language, science and maths, and information and communication technology - so that teachers are able to gain a breadth of understanding and effectively plan, design and implement curriculum strategy.

An essential text for undergraduate students throughout their pre-service teacher education, Early Childhood Curriculum is also a practical resource for early childhood teachers and carers, and a valuable tool for professional development programs. Important features include:

Curriculum pathway models to help students identify the core curriculum focus in each chapter

reflective questions, hypothetical transcripts, and real-world examples to illustrate key points

an accompanying website to support delivery of content and enhance student learning at cambridge.edu.au/academic/earlychildhood.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521759113
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures vi

List of tables ix

About the authors x

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Theory, research and the early childhood curriculum 8

Chapter 3 Development and learning - how views of development shape how curriculum is framed 34

Chapter 4 Curriculum as a cultural broker 51

Chapter 5 Interpreting early childhood curriculum 63

Chapter 6 Cultural-historical curriculum in action 77

Chapter 7 Curriculum as a conceptual tool: Observation, content and programming 94

Chapter 8 Assessing children and evaluating curriculum: Shifting lenses 130

Chapter 9 Content knowledge: The sciences, maths and numeracy 157

Chapter 10 Content knowledge: Language, literacy and ICT 176

Chapter 11 Content knowledge: The arts and health, wellbeing and physical activity 198

Chapter 12 Conclusions 213

Index 221

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