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2004 Paperback Size: 23 x 15.6 x 1.4 cm; Condition good. Isbn 0-7619-4387-0, 0761943870. Early Childhood Education represents an enormously rich body of research and expertise ... focused on the objective of taking into account the social, historical and cultural dimensions of everyday activities in order to better understand children. It is a book that will undoubtedly be of interest and value to anyone with a similar concern' `Early Childhood Education: Society and Culture is an international state-of-the-art early childhood education publication that sets out research-based evidence and critically links this with theory and practice. It is pitched at the graduate level and beyond. Readers will gain more from the book if they have a thorough base understanding of relevant learning and social-cultural theories and an open-mind to appreciate the perspectives presented in this book'-Adopter's Comments `Good points-very up-to-date and relevant to practitioners' `In the plethora of books written about early ye Read more Show Less

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'Early Childhood Education represents an enormously rich body of research and expertise focused on the objective of taking into account the social, historical and cultural dimensions of everyday activities in order to better understand children. It is a book that will undoubtedly be of interest and value to anyone with a similar concern' - Early Years

'Early Childhood Education: Society and Culture is an international state-of-the-art early childhood education publication that sets out research-based evidence and critically links this with theory and practice. It is pitched at the graduate level and beyond. Readers will gain more from the book if they have a thorough base understanding of relevant learning and social-cultural theories and an open-mind to appreciate the perspectives presented in this book' - Childforum, New Zealand

Adopter's Comments

'Good points - very up-to-date and relevant to practitioners'

'In the plethora of books written about early years education, this is one that appeals to me at an intellectual level and offer the very connecting themes I introduce to students'

'I thought this was an excellent up-to-date text book'

'Particularly useful for cross cultural studies for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Especially useful to have the pedagogy of play chapters. The strength of the text is the socio cultural perspectives and conceptual frameworks'

This book presents social and cultural perspectives on current theories of learning in early childhood education. It sets out research-based evidence linking theory and practice in early childhood settings. The editors and contributors are eminent figures in the field of early childhood education. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The authors who have contributed to this book bring a wealth of expertise and a wide range of research findings. This gives the reader the opportunity to link theory with practice in a helpful and illuminating way' - Early Years Update
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761943877
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/17/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Anning is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Leeds, where she worked for seventeen years in the School of Education. Her professional background is in early childhood education, particularly in inner cities. Her research interests include professional knowledge and practice in integrated services for children. In the last five years she has been a member of the National Evaluation of Sure Start team based at Birkbeck College, London.

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Table of Contents

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

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