Learning in Early Childhood: A Whole Child Approach from birth to 8

Learning in Early Childhood: A Whole Child Approach from birth to 8


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Learning in Early Childhood: A Whole Child Approach from birth to 8 by Pat Beckley

Pat Broadhead, Professor of Playful Learning, Leeds Metropolitan University

By explaining the theoretical context and highlighting relevant research evidence, this book supports a whole child approach to learning in the early years. Drawing on case studies from a wide range of early years settings, the chapters consider how the different professions in education, health and social care can work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all young children.

Included are chapters on:

theories of learning

partnerships with parents and carers

motivation and self-esteem



thinking skills

approaches to play

engaging early learners

leadership and management in early years settings

multi-agency working

learning from other countries.

The links made between theory and practice, and the practical suggestions for how to make this happen in any early years setting, make this book a vital text for all early years students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849204057
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Pat Beckley is the Academic Co-ordinator 3-7 PGCE Primary at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

About the Editor and Contributors viii

List of Tables and Figures xi

Preface xii

Introduction xiii

Part 1 How Young Children Learn 1

1 Historical Perspectives Pat Beckley 5

2 Theories of Learning Pat Beckley 19

3 Partnerships with Parents/Carers Pat Beckley 33

4 Pedagogy in Practice Pat Beckley 43

Part 2 Supporting Young Children's Learning 61

5 Motivation and Self-esteem Pat Beckley 65

6 Inclusion and 'Educating' the Whole Child Sue Lambert 79

7 Diversity in the Early Years Helen Hendry 93

8 Thinking Skills Sharon Marsden 107

Part 3 Organising the Learning Environment 119

9 Approaches to Play Lindy Nahmad-Williams 123

10 Enabling Environments Jane Johnston 137

11 Learning and Teaching Styles Alison Jakins 150

12 Leadership and Management in Early Years Settings Pat Beckley 163

Part 4 Issues in Practice 177

13 Engaging Early Learners Becky Glenton 181

14 The Social Context Pat Beckley 192

15 Multi-agency Working Anita Soni 205

16 Forward Thinking and Forward Practice Liz Creed 222

Conclusion 235

Index 236

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