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Developing learning in early childhood
Bruce, Tina.
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Publication Information:
London : Paul Chapman ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE, 2004.
Physical Description:
xvi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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LB1139.23 .B7 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book shows how adults can support children and actively help them develop their learning in early childhood. Drawing on traditional approaches and recent research and theories, the author effectively demonstrates the need for a balance between the biological and socio-cultural aspects of the development of learning. The author draws on a wide range of examples from practitioners, including nursery teachers, health visitors, community workers, in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Features include: Developing Learning. What does it mean? Active learning by doing real things How Language helps the development of learning Developing creativity and imagination The importance of embracing diversity and inclusion principles

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Choice Review

Reading about education in other countries is enlightening. Although Scotland would not seem to have a culture too different from that of the US, its history and emphasis on early childhood education provide another perspective on teaching young children. Bruce's book emerges from the work of a consortium of programs that offer services to a diverse cultural mix of children and their families. These experiences, reflected in vignettes and photographs, provide the backdrop for a discussion of educational policy and practice. Several chapters on play and language focus on the importance of providing a context in which children can develop their own ideas and questions. Adults should be sensitive guides and not formal instructors according to this view. Incorporating research on brain development as well as a review of some of the major developmental theorists, the author encourages integrating new and older ideas to achieve a dynamic educational approach. Each chapter offers an overview, information and examples, and closes with a number of questions to encourage further examination of teaching practices. This format makes the book an ideal one for staff discussions, helpful to new practitioners as well as the more experienced. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above. S. Sugarman Bennington College

Table of Contents

Holistic Services for Whole Children
How Does Learning Develop?
Mind and Brain
A Sense of Self
Social and Cultural Development
Doing Real Things
Why Is Play Important?
The Essentials of Play
Using Symbols
Learning in Childhood and Beyond
Charlie's Day