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Developing Learning in Early Childhood

Developing Learning in Early Childhood

First Edition
  • Tina Bruce - Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Roehampton

February 2004 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book is useful for students and lecturers of early childhood. It provides concise overviews of relevant research of early childhood development, theories of play and can be utilised as a contemporary, reference book by a range of professionals' - Debate

`The chapter on young children becoming symbol users make a valuable contribution to the literature, and I shall be inspired and haunted in equal measure by the plea that epitomises this book and its story' - Marian Whitehead, Early Years

`It's an excellent and easy-to-read text to read, blending theory and research with practice. Each chapter format is clear, with the key themes outlined at the beginning the main body, followed by useful and thought-provoking questions for good practice to ponder and relevant further reading at the end' - Nursery World


Tina Bruce clearly loves children and delights in their development. She has produced an academic work which is both sensitive and stimulating but decidedly unpreachy' - Kirsty Wark, Broadcaster

This book shows how adults can support children and actively help them develop their learning in early childhood. Drawing on traditional approaches as well as recent research and theories, Tina Bruce shows the need for balance in early years education and care between the biological and socio-cultural aspects of the development of learning. The book includes a wide range of examples from practitioners, including nursery teachers, health visitors, and community workers.

Features include:

- what does it mean to develop learning ?

- learning by doing real things

- how language helps

- creativity and imagination

- diversity and inclusion.

This book is essential for students, practitioners and tutors of Foundation Degrees and Early Childhood Studies Degrees.

The 0-8 series edited by Tina Bruce, deals with essential themes in early childhood, which concern practitioners, parents and children.

Titles in the 0-8 series

Marian Whitehead: Developing Language and Literacy with Young Children Second Edition

Rosemary Roberts: Self-Esteem and Early Learning Second Edition

Cath Arnold: Child Development and Learning 2-5 - Georgia's Story

Pat Gura: Resources for Early Learning

Chris Pascal and Tony Bertram: Effective Early Learning: Case Studies in Improvement

Mollie Davies: Movement and Dance

Second Edition

John Mathews: Drawing and Painting

Second Edition

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


Good reading list addition for general reference - easy read for students that struggle with academic texts

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
June 27, 2018

I ordered this book after attending a conference at CLPE in which Tina Bruce spoke about developing learning in early childhood.
The text really helps to reinforce the importance of those early years, and the book itself is both an easy and enjoyable, as well as critically informative, read. The content is well laid out and adds relative depth of discussion to the individual topic; the chapter on 'Mind and Brain' is particularly enlightening. Sound examples from practice make this book engaging throughout.

Mrs Nicola Sperrin
Education and Community, University College Birmingham
March 18, 2016

Highly accessible text with relevant case studies. Pleasing to see theory which supports the early year’s practitioner understanding. Good text for level 4 students. Chapter 2 – easy to read information on neuroscience and brain development, clear links made via case studies to show how children learn and develop. I will be recommending this text to my early childhood education students.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metro Univ.
September 7, 2014

I decide not to teach creativity for the coming semester but later on when I offer this course I would definitely to think about using this book as additional book.

Professor Asiye Kumru
Psychology , Ozyegin University
December 18, 2012

Very relevant to teaching assistants.

Mrs Clare Hallam
Health, education and social care, Barnet College
September 6, 2012

Tina Bruce is a fantastic author, who always produces well written and accessable reads. this book is a good overview on how adults can support children and encourage their development. good chapters on the importance of play together with theories.
This bbok would be good for level 2 and 3 sudents studying childcare also.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
July 17, 2012

Recommended to students who have found really useful

Mrs Kate James
Health and Social Care, Barnet College
April 30, 2012

Excellent resource covering at least 3 units of the new qualification.

Tina Bruce's style aids the learners understanding.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
March 7, 2012

Layout of chapters attractive for the learner. The 'In practice' sections at end of chapters are thought provoking for the learner. The chapters on play are particularly good without overburdening the learner.

Ms Miriam Verling
Childcare Department, College of Commece
July 29, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file of Chapter 6

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