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Promoting Well-Being in the Pre-School Years

Research, Applications and Strategies, 1st Edition

By Janice Deans, Erica Frydenberg, Rachel Liang

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200 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book, based on an 8-year evidence-based research study, offers real-life strategies to support social and emotional development and wellbeing for children aged 3- 5 years, in both educational and family settings. Deans, Frydenberg and Liang firmly contextualise their research in positive psychology, positive education, coping and resilience to demonstrate how parents and educators can make a sustainable impact in the lives of children.

This straightforward guide covers a range of topics including Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the early years curriculum, how partnerships with communities can improve children’s SEL, and the relationship between coping, stress and mental health in a pre-school population. Throughout the book emphasis is placed on developing social emotional competence through practical examples of scaffolding activities and how these can be used by children and families to build personal resilience and well-being and positive relationships with family members and the community. The unique focus on measurement is designed to help practitioners in creating sustainable curriculum change rather than short-term solutions

Promoting Well-Being in the Pre-School Years is essential reading for teachers, parents and professionals who work with young children, as well as academics in child development.

Reviews

Combining their interdisciplinary heritages of early childhood education and psychology, Deans, Frydenberg and Lian have produced an outstanding scholarly publication that will be welcomed by professionals working with young children and their families. Given the complex challenges impacting family life in contemporary society, this text offers much needed guidance in strengthening the social and emotional wellbeing of young children. Research rich insights provoke thinking and provide a sound platform for considering suggestions that are practical and relevant to today’s families. The warmth of intergenerational nurturing and reciprocal nature of these relationships are beautifully captured in this text. Recommended as an essential text for initial teacher education as well as continuing professional development of experienced teachers, social workers and psychologists.

Professor Manjula Waniganayake

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Macquarie University, Australia

Combining their interdisciplinary heritages of early childhood education and psychology, Deans, Frydenberg and Lian have produced an outstanding scholarly publication that will be welcomed by professionals working with young children and their families. Given the complex challenges impacting family life in contemporary society, this text offers much needed guidance in strengthening the social and emotional wellbeing of young children. Research rich insights provoke thinking and provide a sound platform for considering suggestions that are practical and relevant to today’s families. The warmth of intergenerational nurturing and reciprocal nature of these relationships are beautifully captured in this text. Recommended as an essential text for initial teacher education as well as continuing professional development of experienced teachers, social workers and psychologists.

Professor Manjula Waniganayake

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Macquarie University, Australia

Promoting Well-Being in the Pre-School Years opens the doors for positive education and positive psychology practices in early childhood education and provides an innovative theory and research-driven resource to build wellbeing in young children through social and emotional learning. A child’s ability to successfully cope with day-to-day difficulties and challenges is a fundamental proficiency that should be prioritised alongside STEM and literacy in the classroom. Like academic skills, social and emotional competencies can be taught, and the earlier the better. This book provides essential know-how for educators and parents who want to support the development of healthy flourishing children.

Dr Kelly-Ann Allen

Senior Lecturer Educational Psychology and Inclusive Education, Faculty of Education, Monash University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Capturing the Well-being construct in the Pre-School Years

Chapter 2 Development in Context

Chapter 3 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Early Years Curriculum

Chapter 4 Early years visual coping tools: Operationalising Social and Emotional Competencies in Pre-school Children

Chapter 5 Measuring Coping in a Pre-school Population

Chapter 6 The Relationship between Coping, Stress and Mental Health in a Pre-school Population

Chapter 7 Teaching Coping Skills in the Context of Positive Parenting

Chapter 8 Approaches to Pre-school Social-Emotional Learning: Targeting Empathy, Resilience, Prosocial and Problem Behaviour through Coping Strategies

Chapter 9 Embedding SEL within the curriculum: Partnerships with communities

By Sophia Stirling

Chapter 10 Putting it together: Developing well-being in the early years

About the Authors

Erica Frydenberg is Associate Professor in psychology in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Janice Deans is Associate Director Early Childhood Education, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Rachel Liang is Honorary Research Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY004000
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child