Reflective Practice in the Early Years

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Overview

Written for anyone working in the field of early years education and care, this book encourages students and practitioners to consider their own practice and to examine practice in a wide range of early years settings. The four sections link closely to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and support the reader in developing a critical and reflective approach to their own work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848601628
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/25/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Reed is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Early Childhood, within the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to child development, practice based research and leadership. He is a qualified teacher and hold advanced qualifications in Educational Inquiry, Educational Psychology and Special Education. He was a member of course development and writing teams at the Open University and an experienced author. He has a particular interest in practice based inquiry and research evaluating ways to improve quality in practice. He has co-edited a number of books including Reflective Practice in the Early Years (2010), Quality Improvement and Change in the Early Years (2012) and Work Based Research in the Early Years (2012), all published by SAGE.

Natalie Canning is a Lecturer in Education – Early Years at The Open University. Her background is in playwork and social work, particularly in supporting children to explore personal, social and emotional issues through play. She has published a number of articles relating to professional development and the early years and has presented at national and European conferences. Her main research is in the area of children’s empowerment in play and she is currently involved in research on developing children as autonomous learners. She has taught across a variety of Early Childhood undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Michael Reed and Natalie Canning
PART ONE: CHILDREN'S LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Reflective Thinking; Reflective Practice - Karen Appleby
Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage - Natalie Canning
21st Century Digital Technology and Children's Learning - Linda Tyler
Policy to Practice in Wales - Michael Reed and Alison Morrell
PART TWO: THE UNIQUE CHILD
Safeguarding Children: Every Child Matters so Everybody Matters! - Claire Majella Richards
A Healthy Child - Direction, Deficit or Diversity? - Mandy Andrews and Kate Fowler
PART THREE: ENABLING PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTS
Children's Centres and Children's Services? - Michael Reed
Working Together at a Children's Centre - Rosie Walker
Managing Multi-Agency Working - Wendy Messenger
PART FOUR: POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS IN A MULTI-AGENCY WORLD
Distance Learning and Professional Development - Victoria Cooper
Early Years Professionals: Leading for Change - Rory Mc Dowall Clark and Sue Baylis
Defining and Measuring Quality in Early Years Settings - Alison Jackson
From Experienced Practitioner to Reflective Professional - Sue Callan
Conclusion - Michael Reed and Natalie Canning
Useful Websites - Michael Reed and Natalie Canning

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