Examining Levels of Involvement in the Early Years

Author: Annie Woods
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317504887
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Examining Levels of Involvement in the Early Years studies the theory and rationale behind using young children’s levels of involvement as a tool for enhancing their experiential learning in diverse settings by exploring values, beliefs, ideology, resourcefulness and environmental contexts. Drawing on Laevers’ process-oriented Self-evaluation Instrument for Care Settings and the Leuven Involvement Scale for Young Children, this book examines the theoretical constructs that underpin the development of these instruments as well as the practical implications of how and why practitioners may use the scales in their settings. More importantly, it looks at children’s deep level learning capabilities and reflects on the engaging possibilities this presents. Using encounters with children and adults from a range of settings, it covers: • connecting levels of involvement with local, national, international and theoretical approaches; • embracing levels of involvement; • involving the environment; • levels of outdoor involvement; • engaging with adult involvement; • nurturing involvement through observation, assessment and planning. Including contributions from experts in the field, this book will be essential reading for students, trainee early years practitioners and all those wanting to continue their professional learning.

Young Children s Play and Creativity

Author: Gill Goodliff
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1315446839
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book draws on the voices of practitioners, academics and researchers to examine young children's play, creativity and the participatory nature of their learning. Bringing together a wide range of perspectives from the UK and internationally, it focuses on the level of engagement and exploration involved in children's play and how it can be facilitated in different contexts and cultures. This new reader aims to challenge thinking, promote reflection and stimulate further discussion by bringing together research and practice on play and creativity. Divided into two parts, Part I is written by researchers and academics and explores key themes such as creative meaning making, listening to children's voices, risk and spaces, children's rights, play and technology. Part II is authored by Early Childhood professionals and reveals how practitioners have responded to the issues surrounding play and creativity. Each chapter is contextualised by an introduction to highlight the key points and a list of follow-up questions is also included to encourage reflection and debate. Drawing on the wide-ranging writing of academics, practitioners and researchers, this book is an invaluable resource for students, practitioners and all those who are interested in the essence of play and creativity, what it means for children, and the far-reaching benefits for their well-being, learning and development.

Children s Engagement in the World

Author: Artin Göncü
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521587228
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This volume, first published in 1999, describes children's development in its cultural context. It stresses the point that children's development in diverse cultures follows different paths, depending on the developmental opportunities provided by their cultures. It illustrates that the everyday work at school, and play activities provided for children vary from one culture to another depending on the social and economical structure of children's cultures and adult beliefs about what is valuable for children's participation to secure optimal development. Thus, Children's Engagement in the World: Sociocultural Perspectives proposes to study children's development and education within its social as well as cultural context. It brings together the most recent theoretical advances in cultural psychology in order to establish a framework for the studies reported in it.

Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector

Author: Iram Siraj-Blatchford
Publisher: Institute of Education Press
ISBN: 085473743X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This publication takes as its background the radical reforms that have taken place in the field of services for children following the passing of the Children Act of 2004 and the subsequent Government white paper, Every Child Matters: Change for children. It argues that the fundamental requirements for leadership for learning in the early years should be provided by considering social contexts, adopting a commitment to collective working and focusing on improving children’s learning outcomes. Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector is based on the analysis of a wide range of literature on leadership in the early years and is simultaneously grounded in information taken from effective early years settings, as identified in studies funded by the Department for Education and Skills. It identifies a range of ‘categories of effective leadership practice’ in the effective settings that will be valuable in the development of leadership training.

Engaging the Disengaged

Author: Tarquam McKenna
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107328829
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Engaging the Disengaged addresses strategies and models of immersive teaching and learning that lead to successful schooling outcomes. The new Australian Curriculum emphasises the importance of improved educational participation. This book will equip pre-service teachers with the tools and strategies they need to successfully implement these priorities. Drawing together a diverse range of experts, this book offers innovative ways of thinking about student engagement. Addressing education across early primary, middle and secondary school levels, it explores how differences in culture, sexuality and wealth can alienate students, and examines challenges faced by schools in rural, remote and high-poverty settings. It also offers new ideas for engaging students in subjects such as mathematics, physical education and the arts. Contemporary, real-life case studies help connect theory to practice. Each chapter also includes learning objectives, further reading suggestions and a reflective closure, as well as a set of strategies for invigorating disadvantaged students.

Early Childhood Experiences in Language Arts Early Literacy

Author: Jeanne M. Machado
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305544773
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES IN LANGUAGE ARTS: EARLY LITERACY, Eleventh Edition responds to national legislation, professional standards, and public concern about the development of young children's language and foundational literacy skills by providing current research-based instructional strategies in early language development. Activities throughout emphasize the relationship between listening, speaking, reading, writing (print), and viewing in language arts areas. This text addresses the cultural and ethnic diversity of children and provides techniques and tips for adapting curricula. Theory is followed by how-to suggestions and plentiful examples of classic books and stories, poems, finger plays, flannel board and alphabet experiences, puppetry, language games, drama, and phonemic and phonetic awareness activities. Students will also learn how, as teachers, they can best interact with children to promote appropriate language development, and how they can create a print-rich environment in the classroom. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Organising Play in the Early Years

Author: Jane Drake
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1843120259
Format: PDF
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This book presents practitioners with exciting ways in which to deliver the foundation stage curriculum to young children through play in well-planned areas of provision. The author promotes good early years practice in accordance with "Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage", drawing on her own experience as a nursery teacher. Ideas are workable and material is organized in an accessible way making the book an "easy to use" handbook for all busy practitioners and students. The book: includes chapters relating to particular areas of provision (for example sand, water, construction); offers practical guidance on organizing and resourcing the area; provides focused activity plans clearly linked to early learning goals; gives suggestions for managing and equipping an outdoor play area; and offers inspiring play ideas.

Early Childhood Education Birth 8

Author: Amy Driscoll
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: 9780205536047
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Through case studies, theory and journal reflection activities, students learn to integrate new concepts and best practices for young children with their own experiences.

Creative Arts for Early Childhood

Author: Sinéad E. Kavanagh
Publisher: Gill & MacMillan
ISBN: 9780717159741
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A new practical guide to understanding and planning creative activities that promote a child's learning, development and well-being, with specific regard to age and stage of development. Introduces and examines the role and benefits of creative media - such as movement and dance, visual arts, drama and music - as a form of communication, therapy and education. Applies the themes and principles of Aistear and Siolta to all activities. Demonstrates examples of child-led indoor and outdoor activities based on the creative arts curriculum, with emphasis on process-based play. Provides clear step-by-step instructions for planning, implementing and assessing activities, taking possible financial and time restrictions into consideration. Emphasises the role of the adult in facilitating the child's engagement within the creative arts curriculum. Presents recent changes in legislation and pre-school regulations in Ireland, and current views and findings on creativity in early childhood. Follows the ethos of the HighScope model, while referring to the work of other philosophies such as Reggio Emilia. Wriiten For: Creative Arts for Early Childhood Level 5 module [5N1769] and Early Childhood Arts and Culture Level 6 module [6N1936], as part of the Early Childhood Care and Education QQI awards Any childcare modules where creative activities form an integral part of assessment