1st Edition

Examining Levels of Involvement in the Early Years
Engaging with children’s possibilities

Edited By

Annie Woods

ISBN 9781138885011
Published January 27, 2016 by Routledge
130 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Why Involvement? (Annie Woods)  2. Being involved in levelling (Annie Woods)  3. Involving the environment (Victoria Brown with Julie Clark)  4. Levels of outdoor involvement (Sally McMeeking, Moira Moran and Danusia Taylor)  5. The role of practitioner engagement in supporting children’s involvement (Vicky McEwan)  6. Embracing levels of involvement (Julie Kent)  7. Nurturing involvement through assessment and planning for possibilities (Catherine Gripton)

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Annie Woods is a former early years lecturer, programme leader and academic team leader in the education department at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Trained as a forest school leader and a former assistant head teacher, she has also edited two further books: Child-initiated Play and Learning and The Characteristics of Effective Learning, both for Routledge.


"This is a timely book that will offer much food for thought for anyone working or studying in an early years environment." - Neil Henty,  Early Years Educator