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Kinaesthetic Learning in Early Childhood
Exploring Theory and Practice for Educators

  • Available for pre-order on June 16, 2023. Item will ship after July 7, 2023
ISBN 9781032215181
July 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
124 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Strongly grounded in research and rich with practical examples for educators, this book demonstrates the importance and benefits of kinaesthetic learning in young children’s learning and development.

Kinaesthetic or hands-on active learning is extremely important for young children’s personal, social and cultural development. Without this kind of learning children may be at risk of poor behaviour, social development and academic learning outcomes. This book shares concrete examples of authentic kinaesthetic learning experiences, across different discipline areas, in a range of early childhood contexts. The chapters outline practical approaches to kinaesthetic learning in the classroom to help educators to engage young children, covering curriculum areas such as the arts, mathematics, literacy, digital technologies and English as a foreign language. These practical examples are supported by a range of research and theories related to the benefits of kinaesthetic learning for young children, as well as authentic classroom data.

Written by leading experts in the field, this book shares authentic, appropriate classroom strategies for implementing kinaesthetic learning with young children and will be essential reading for researchers as well as pre- and in-service educators.

Table of Contents

1. The importance of kinaesthetic learning for early childhood

Georgina Barton and Susanne Garvis

2. Kinaesthetic learning: A systematic review in early childhood education contexts

Susanne Garvis, Georgina Barton and Anh Hai Le

3. Learning by doing: a self-narrative approach to children's experiential learning

Tina Yngvesson and Susanne Garvis

4. Practice-based approaches to kinaesthetic learning

Katrina Allegos, Anna Crozier, Helen Darrer, Jackie Dimattina, Suzanne Donaghey, Catherine Farrar, Amy Goodale, Charmian Harris, Georgie O’Meara and Susanne Garvis

5. A kinaesthetic approach to teaching mathematics education in the early years

Bin Wu and Wendy Goff

6. An investigation of the use of arts-based embodied learning in early years classrooms

Marthy Watson and Nicole Delaney

7. The body as an instrument of knowing: Kinaesthetic learning with and through the arts

Susan Chapman

8. Digital technologies and kinaesthetic learning for early years boys

Georgina Barton and Rebecca Trimble-Roles

9. Building a bridge: LEGO as a kinaesthetic tool to facilitate play-based learning in early childhood and beyond

Melissa Fanshawe, Monique Mandarakas, Melissa Cain, Marie Oddoux, Marc Angelier, Per Havgaard, Michelle Turner and Marie White

10. Embodied scaffolding and kinaesthetic learning in Finnish early childhood education

Jonna Kangas, Tuulikki Ukkonen-Mikkola and Heidi Harju-Luukkainen

11. Concluding comments

Susanne Garvis and Georgina Barton

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Georgina Barton is a Professor of literacies and pedagogy at the University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Before being an academic, Georgina taught in schools for over 20 years including teaching English in South India. She has been an acting Principal and a lead teacher in the areas of literacy and numeracy. Georgina also has extensive experience in teaching the arts in schools and universities and often utilises the arts to support students’ literacy learning outcomes.

Susanne Garvis is a Professor within the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. She is a specialist in early childhood education and has been involved with many national and international projects around policy, quality and learning with young children. Her most recent was a large meta-analysis exploring teacher qualifications and environmental quality. She has worked in many countries and currently lives in Australia.