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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education
Society and Culture

Second Edition

December 2008 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The authors who have contributed to this book bring a wealth of expertise and a wide range of research findings. This gives the reader the opportunity to link theory with practice in a helpful and illuminating way' - Early Years Update

Praise for the first edition:

`...represents an enormously rich body of research and expertise focused on the objective of taking into account the social, historical and cultural dimensions of everyday activities in order to better understand children. …will undoubtedly be of interest and value to anyone with a similar concern' - Early Years Journal

` international state-of-the-art early childhood education publication that sets out research-based evidence and critically links this with theory and practice. It is pitched at the graduate level and beyond. Readers will gain more from the book if they have a thorough base understanding of relevant learning and social-cultural theories and an open-mind to appreciate the perspectives presented in this book' - Childforum, New Zealand

This fully revised and up-to-date edition examines sociocultural and historical approaches to current theories of learning in early childhood education. It sets out research-based evidence linking theory and practice in early childhood settings.

Written by leading figures in the field, the book extends a strong and traditional theme - the importance of the child's perspective and respect for each child's individual background.

Within the context of early years settings, the book is structured around four overall themes:

- the dynamics of learning and teaching

- the nature of knowledge

- assessment

- evaluation and quality.

This book is essential reading for undergraduate and advanced courses in early childhood studies.

Angela Anning, Joy Cullan and Marilyn Fleer
Research Contexts across Cultures
Elizabeth Wood
Developing a Pedagogy of Play
Barbara Jordan
Scaffolding Learning and Co-Constructing Understandings
Glenda MacNaughton
Exploring Critical Constructivist Perspectives on Children's Learning
Angela Anning
The Co-Construction of an Early Childhood Curriculum
Joy Cullen
Adults Co-Constructing Professional Knowledge
Denise Williams-Kennedy
Building Bridges between Literacies
Bronwen Cowie and Margaret Carr
The Consequences of Sociological Assessment
Peter Tymms and Christine Merrell
On-Entry Baseline Assessment across Cultures
Marilyn Fleer and Carmel Richardson
Cultural-Historical Assessment: Mapping the Transformation of Understanding
Iram Siraj-Blatchford
Quality Teaching in the Early Years
Valerie N Podmore
Questioning Evaluation Quality in Early Childhood
Susan Hill and Susan Nichols
Multiple Pathways between Home and School Literacies
Marilyn Fleer, Angela Anning and Joy Cullen
A Framework for Conceptualizing Early Childhood Education

'The authors who have contributed to this book bring a wealth of expertise and a wide range of research findings. This gives the reader the opportunity to link theory with practice in a helpful and illuminating way' - Early Years Update

Good layout, full of interesting information

Mrs Sarah Collyer
Childcare Department, Brooklands College
November 20, 2015

An excellent book. All chapters are relevant and bring together contributions from respected authors in the field. I will use the case studies for evaluation of UK and Global contexts with students across the range of Early years and Childhood courses that I teach on. Challenges sociocultural and historical approaches to theories of learning.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metropolitan University
August 22, 2014

A book that is well received by students. It covers topics such as quality and assessment in Early Years sector. Students found the book valuable when preparing their assessments.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
March 18, 2014

Good to find a book at a graduate level. Each chapter delivers up to date research and thinking and is essential for the student who is broadening their knowledge beyond the scope of their own UK practice

Mrs Margaret Dobbs
Department of Early Years & Childcare, Bridgwater College
February 18, 2014

Interesting, a good book to provide further supplementary information.

Mrs Jane Smithson
Education , Bedfordshire University
August 29, 2013

With contributions from well respected authors, this publication focuses on the sociocultural and historical approaches to theories of learning. Learning and pedagogy, the nature of knowledge, assessment and evaluation and quality in the Early Years are all examined within a balanced format. Discussion points and contextualised examples enhance the overall effect.

Mr John Humphreys, MEd,MA
School of Education, Bangor University
July 11, 2013

A wonderful book. This brings together multiple perspectives and provides insightful reading for second year students.

Mrs Abigail Gosling
Education Studies, Bedfordshire University
March 26, 2013

Every chapter will be relevant to students and practitioners working in early years. Found it difficult to put the book down - such an interesting read.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
November 6, 2012

This is an excellent text which deals with critical issues in early childhood curricula and pedagogy (the nature of knowledge and learning) with clarity and incisiveness.

Ms Rachel Rosen
Early Childhood, London Metropolitan University
October 31, 2011

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