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This second edition is a fundamental text for anyone working with children or thinking about studying children and learning. It features extended discussion of essential theorists as well as helpful at-a-glance tables which enable the reader to compare different theories.
A lot of information included in this book however, it is not as visual as I would like for my learners. I do however, like the links to you tube which the learners can access.
Written in clear, precise and straightforward language, this is a useful source for enabling student practitioners to apply theory to practice.
This has been really useful in supporting ITE students to see the links between theory and principles / practice.
An essential piece of reading for students studying children's learning and development. The theoretical perspectives and early philosophies provide students with interesting comparatives and influences on educations and learning today. Nicely structured and easy to follow, particularly for students entering their first year of higher education.
A very well-written book which is suitable for those just beginning to research learning theories as well as those with more experience. Chapters work through the theories in a chronological order and explanation of the learning theories is further illustrated by the use of clear examples. A summary at the end of each chapter is an added bonus and there are useful exercises for students to work through.
This is well laid out, provides students with logical and informative text. An ideal book to accompany their course.
An essential guide to learning theory, I use this with alevel students as well as under graduates.
This second edition provides an accessible introduction to child development with clear links to theoretical perspectives about how children think and learn.
The book concludes with an interesting chapter about the changing nature of the contexts for learning in today's society.
This is a lucid and quite broad exploration of a range of pedagogical theory. It is accessible for students and organised in a logical and effective manner.
A clear, informative text that gives a very readable overview of some of the key learning theories in childhood. Very relevant to Early Childhood Studies.
A really well organised book which discusses learning theories in ways particularly well suited to those new to this discipline
This book provides a fluently written and accessible overview of childhood learning theories. Due to the brevity of each section, the book would be most suitable for undergraduate or MSc level students. Key learning theorists, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bandura, fBronfenbrenner and Bruener, are clearly introduced, their work set into context and their main findings summarised. The section on the difference between theory and hypothesis is particularly useful for first year university-level students, who may not yet have articulated this difference.
Good quality informative text to use as a supportive source
An excellent introduction for Education students with no previous experience of learning theory. Contains good, clear examples from practice, structured well. The advantages and disadvantages of approaches/theories are juxtaposed, great for building critical analysis skills in Masters assignments. This book has enabled SCITT trainees to understand the importance of learning theory to their developing practice.
Clear and concise, and includes current approaches.
Comprehensive text book offering clear accessible information, some formulated into tables making it accessible and allowing students to identify, collate and examine theorists. A really useful resource for undergraduate study.
This book is a valuable resource for our early years courses. A number of theories have been presented in an accessible and informative way for students. Different perspectives have been discussed and the learning is supported with exercises and highlights of key points. The sections that situate each theory in action are particularly useful in enabling students to contextualize learning theories and apply their developing knowledge to practice. The comparisons between different theories are also useful as well as the more contemporary outlook in the last two chapters.
This book features learning theories and early philosophies of learning and encourage reflection on how they impact teaching and learning. It is a useful text for students and anyone interested in understanding how children learn.
Excellent and essential text for foundation degree students who are getting their head around the theoretical perspectives, the toerists on childhood and applying this to practice