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Observing Young Children

The role of observation and assessment in early childhood settings, 2nd Edition

By Sandra Smidt


96 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This fully revised second edition of Observing, Assessing and Planning for Children in the Early Years provides a detailed analysis of what is meant by the observation of young learners and why this is so vital to early years practitioners and students. In this accessible and insightful text, Sandra Smidt examines the various theories of how young children develop and learn, which have been put forward by thinkers and writers across time and place so the reader has a genuinely global view of early childhood. She then highlights how important it is for practitioners in schools, nurseries and settings to think carefully about what they have seen and heard in light of what they, as adults, already know about the children and their learning.

Also included in this text is a helpful ‘Try Your Hand’ section where readers are invited to make their own judgements about what they have read, as well as a section on observing and assessing not only the nursery-aged children but also babies and toddlers.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. The Questioning Child 2. The Informed Adult 3. Documenting Learning 4. Assessing and Understanding Learning 5. Extending Children's Learning 6. Who are the Experts? 7. Babies and Toddlers: Revealing their Understanding of their Worlds 8. Observing, Planning and Assessing for Equity 9. Assessing Your Offer: Becoming an Advocate for Quality Learning Bibliography

About the Author

Sandra Smidt is a writer and consultant in early years education. She has previously written The Developing Child in the 21st Century, 2nd edition (2013), Introducing Malaguzzi (2012), Introducing Bruner (2011), Playing to Learn (2010) and Introducing Vygotsky (2008), all published by Routledge.

About the Series

Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners

The books in this exciting new series have been written to closely mirror major modules in the GNVQ in Childcare (levels 1 & 2). Packed full of illustrations, practical ideas, support and advice, this series addresses the key issues arising from working in today’s nursery and school environments.

Benefit from the experiences of our highly qualified authors to help you captivate and inspire the children in the early years of their education.

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Subject Categories

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