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.
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|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
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