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Key Issues in Early Years Education

A Guide for Students and Practitioners, 2nd Edition

Edited by Sandra Smidt, Sandra Smidt


202 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Key Issues in Early Years Education is the second edition of The Early Years: A Reader. This essential text for students and professionals is unique in its range of voices and topics and in its determination to see the child as central to learning and development. As in the first edition it not only has chapters written by key figures in the field of early childhood education and care but also by students on a range of early childhood programmes. Notable key figures from the first edition have been added including Helen Penn, Henrietta Dombey, Hilary Faust and Charmian Kenner. Rosemary Nalden, who is involved in significant work with children in South Africa, has added her voice to give us examples of children acting both as learners and teachers.

This fully revised collection is a comprehensive investigation into the key issues in early years education which:

  • provides a blend of real life examples and theory, drawn from a diversity of early childhood settings and classes
  • is written in an accessible voice
  • brings theory to life by linking it with practice
  • examines how children explore, express and represent their worlds.

Many of the original sections have been revised and updated to take account of changes to the education system over the last decade. Two new sections in this edition are Children as Thinkers and Problem-Solvers and Learning: A Second Chance, which looks at adults learning something new and considers the similarities and differences that might exist between them and children.

This fascinating and highly readable book will be of interest to teachers, practitioners, students and anyone concerned with the care and education of our youngest children.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. What is basic for young children? Lilian G. Katz Part I: How young children learn 2. A developmental approach to the curriculum in the early years Lilian G. Katz 3. Does it matter what country you are in? Are all children the same everywhere or does it matter where you are? Helen Penn 4. Play - the powerful means of learning in the early years Janet Moyles Part II: Understanding Children 5. Observing symbolic play Gillian Allery 6. Under the microscope Mary Jane Drummond 7. Her eyes are flashing and her ears are sore Lynne Bennett 8. Louise Drawing Nancy Coyne 9. Patterns of Play: Observing and Supporting Young Children's Schemas Fran Paffard Part III: All Our Children 10. Supporting young children Birgit Voss 11. Learning about writing through bilingual peer teaching Charmian Kenner 12. How can bilingual children be supported in negotiating home and school environments in their early years? Jacintha Moore 13. Storysacks: A piece of action research Helen Gallagher 14. My dream school: A booklet for parents Cheryl Berbank Part IV: Children as thinkers and problem-solvers 15. Mathematical development in the Early Years Foundation Stage: (Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy) Hilary Faust 16. Tricks Maria Figueiredo 17. ‘Let’s make honey’ Mary Smith 18. Making ice Sarah Cotter Part V: Understanding the written world 19. It all starts with /c/ /a/ /t/ - or does it? Foundation Phonics Henrietta Dombey 20. Talking in your head: Young children's developing understanding of the reading process Gillian Lathey 21. Hannah and her books Sandra Smidt 22. A poem Hannah Gardiner 23. Learning to read made easy: a study of one child's development as a reader Evelyn Slavid 24. My life as a reader Jess Slavid-Buckle Part VI: Representing thoughts and feelings 25. Scaffolding Caitlin's learning Emma Stoddart 26. The workshop table - a stepping stone in the visual arts Duane Hernandez 27. Transformation through music: the impact of classical music on the lives of township children Rosemary Nalden Part VII: Learning: a second chance 28. Late Early Learning: A 64-year-old begins to play the viola Gillian Gould 29. A Second String? Sandra Smidt 30. Musicology to music-making: a late learner becomes a late starter Richard Gartner 31. Becoming a Sculptor Jenny Thornley A last word: the search for the 'crock of gold' Sandra Smidt

About the Editors

Sandra Smidt is a writer and consultant in early years education.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten