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Teaching techniques that help

both new and experienced

teachers to communicate

better with their children

Teaching Young Children presents early childhood

students and staff with a broad

and diverse range of teaching techniques to

support children’s learning. It examines 26

techniques ranging from simple ones—such

as describing and listening—to more complex

techniques such as deconstruction and

scaffolding. It defines each technique and

discusses how, when, and why staff might

use it.

Vignettes and examples clarify how to use

these techniques in everyday situations and

outline different ways to reach children,

support their learning, and help them with

learning difficulties. A final chapter presents

a strategic approach to selecting the appropriate

techniques for specific teaching methods

and situations. This chapter also goes

one step further, explaining how educational

theories link with different technique

choices—giving both teaching students and

experienced teachers a wide range of

options and approaches, which is invaluable

when teaching classes of children with

varying abilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335213719
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenda MacNaughton (Australia) is an associate

professor in the Faculty of Education at the

University of Melbourne.

Gillian Williams is an educational counsellor

and consultant and a highly experienced early

childhood educator.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Teaching and the Environment
Ch. 1 Positioning equipment and materials 13
Ch. 2 Collecting 29
Ch. 3 Scheduling 41
Pt. 2 General Teaching Techniques
Ch. 4 Demonstrating 55
Ch. 5 Describing 65
Ch. 6 Encouraging, praising and helping 76
Ch. 7 Facilitating 87
Ch. 8 Feedback 96
Ch. 9 Grouping 104
Ch. 10 Listening 115
Ch. 11 Modelling 125
Ch. 12 Positioning people 135
Ch. 13 Questioning 145
Ch. 14 Reading 162
Ch. 15 Recalling 173
Ch. 16 Singing 182
Ch. 17 Suggesting 192
Ch. 18 Telling and instructing 201
Pt. 3 Specialist Teaching Techniques
Ch. 19 Co-constructing 213
Ch. 20 Community building 225
Ch. 21 Deconstructing 239
Ch. 22 Documenting 257
Ch. 23 Empowering 273
Ch. 24 Philosophising 292
Ch. 25 Problem-solving 306
Ch. 26 Reinforcing 320
Ch. 27 Scaffolding 331
Ch. 28 Task analysis 346
Pt. 4 Educational Philosophies, Goals and Teaching Techniques
Ch. 29 Building a strategic approach to teaching techniques 357
Index 381
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