Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years / Edition 1

Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years / Edition 1

by Alice Paige-Smith, Anna Craft
ISBN-10:
0335222773
ISBN-13:
9780335222773
Pub. Date:
12/01/2007
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
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Overview

Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years / Edition 1

Reflective practice is a vital aspect of working with young children and enables a deeper understanding of their learning and development. Whilst there is a long tradition among early childhood practitioners of closely observing children's learning to nurture and stimulate their development, they are increasingly expected to reflect on their own practice in a variety of ways, in order to enhance their professional development and improve their practice.

This book supports early years practitioners in articulating and understanding their own practice in greater depth, exploring some ways in which they can be encouraged to engage in reflecting on their practice. The book will help early years practitioners develop their reflective skills, enabling them to confidently articulate their practice, values and beliefs.

It offers opportunities to reflect on how theory, research and policy relate to distinct understandings of children's development and learning. By exploring different ways of understanding their practice and linking this with theory and policy, practitioners are encouraged to think about ways of improving their practice.

Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years is essential reading for all early years practitioners working in early years settings for children aged 0-8 years, including nurseries, children's centres and schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335222773
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     vii
Notes on the contributors     viii
Foreword   Peter Moss     xii
Acknowledgements     xvii
Introduction   Anna Craft   Alice Paige-Smith     1
What does being a reflective early years practitioner involve?     9
Introduction to Part 1   Alice Paige-Smith   Anna Craft     11
What does it mean to reflect on our practice?   Anna Craft   Alice Paige-Smith     13
Developing reflective practice   Alice Paige-Smith   Anna Craft     25
Exploring leadership: roles and responsibilities of the early years professional   Linda Pound     41
How does reflective practice inform work with children?     59
Introduction to Part 2   Alice Paige-Smith   Anna Craft     61
Children's social and emotional development   Naima Browne     63
Inclusion and early years settings: what's your attitude?   Jonathan Rix     79
Creativity and early years settings   Anna Craft     93
Listening to young children: multiple voices, meanings and understandings   Elizabeth Wood     108
Leading-edge practice: a community ofreflective professionals     123
Introduction to Part 3   Alice Paige-Smith   Anna Craft     125
Multi-agency working: rhetoric or reality?   Caroline A. Jones     127
Reflective family-centred practices: parents' perspectives and early intervention   Alice Paige-Smith   Jonathan Rix   Anna Craft     145
Professional development through reflective practice   Michael Reed     160
Reflection and developing a community of practice   Alice Paige-Smith   Anna Craft     170
Postscript: Democratic reflective practice in the early years   Alice Paige-Smith   Anna Craft   Michael Craft     179

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