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Building Knowledge in Early Childhood Education

Young Children Are Researchers, 1st Edition

By Jane Murray


184 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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A focal point of early childhood education is how young children build knowledge and the ways that practitioners, parents and carers can help them to do so. Many adults find it challenging to identify what knowledge young children are building and how they do so, making it difficult to support young children’s learning and development in the most effective ways. This essential guide will help you to identify and develop young children’s knowledge and understanding in early years settings, not only in terms of statutory requirements but far beyond them.

Building Knowledge in Early Childhood Education draws on empirical research findings from the Young Children As Researchers (YCAR) project to examine everyday activities and reveal the means that young children use to build knowledge and understanding, as well as exploring the similarities between learning behaviours in early childhood and adult life.

Interweaving everyday activities in practice with research and theory, this book covers:

  • how young children construct knowledge;
  • learning, problem-solving and exploring;
  • concepts and conceptualising in early childhood;
  • evidence-based decision-making;
  • how young children behave as researchers.

Offering practical advice and suggestions to create opportunities that identify and facilitate young children’s own constructions of knowledge and understanding, this book is essential reading for practitioners, students and all those interested in the theories surrounding young children as researchers.

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface


1. Introduction

2. What does it mean to know?

3. Young children explore

4. Young children find solutions

5. Young children conceptualise

6. Young children base decisions on evidence

7. Conclusions: Young children build knowledge, young children are researchers


About the Author

Jane Murray is Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education at the University of Northampton, UK. She is also a qualified headteacher and a former early childhood teacher.

About the Series


Research informed professional development for the early years
The books in this series each focus on a different aspect of research in early childhood which has direct implications for practice and policy. They consider the main research findings which should influence practitioner thinking and reflection and help them to question their own practice alongside activities to deepen knowledge and extend understanding of the issues. Readers will benefit from clear analysis, critique and interpretation of the key factors surrounding the research as well as exemplifications and case studies to illustrate the research-practice or research-policy links. Supporting the development of critical reflection and up to date knowledge, the books will be a core resource for all those educating and training early years practitioners.

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