Early Childhood Education: Society and Culture / Edition 2

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Examining sociocultural and historical approaches to current theories of learning in early childhood, this fully revised and updated edition is written by leading figures in the field of early childhood education.
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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: 9781847874528
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/4/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (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

Notes on contributors vii

1 Research contexts across cultures Angela Anning Joy Cullen Marilyn Fleer 1

Part 1 Conceptualisations of Learning and Pedagogy in Early Years Settings 25

2 Developing a pedagogy of play Elizabeth Wood 27

3 Scaffolding learning and co-constructing understanding Barbara Jordan 39

4 Exploring critical constructivist perspectives on children's learning Glenda MacNaughton 53

Part 2 The Nature of Knowledge in Early Years Settings 65

5 The co-construction of an early childhood curriculum Angela Anning 67

6 Adults co-constructing professional knowledge Joy Cullen 80

7 Building bridges between literacies Denise Williams-Kennedy 91

Part 3 Assessment in Early Years Settings 103

8 The consequences of sociocultural assessment Bronwen Cowie Margaret Carr 105

9 On-entry baseline assessment across cultures Peter Tymms Christine Merrell 117

10 Cultural-historical assessment: Mapping the transformation of understanding Marilyn Fleer Carmel Richardson 130

Part 4 Evaluation and Quality in Early Years Settings 145

11 Quality teaching in the early years Iram Siraj-Blatchford 147

12 Questioning evaluation quality in early childhood Valerie N. Podmore 158

13 Multiple pathways between home and school literacies Susan Hill Susan Nichols 169

Part 5 Conclusion 185

14 A framework for conceptualising early childhood education Marilyn Fleer Angela Anning Joy Cullen 187

Glossary 205

Bibliography 208

Index 229

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