1st Edition

Sustained Shared Thinking in the Early Years Linking theory to practice

By Kathy Brodie Copyright 2014
    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    Used as a measure of quality in the ground-breaking Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) project, Sustained Shared Thinking is fundamental to good early years practice. It costs nothing, yet research has shown that it improves outcomes for children by supporting their holistic development. This book clearly explains what Sustained Shared Thinking is and examines the skills and expertise needed to initiate, encourage and facilitate it.

    The book explores the attitudes, knowledge and understanding that a practitioner must adopt in order to start or develop successful Sustained Shared Thinking. Combining theory with practical guidance, it demonstrates how it can be achieved, covering all aspects of early years practice including the Characteristics of Effective Learning, the Prime and Specific Areas of learning development, the role of the practitioner, the environment and working with parents.

    Features include:

      • boxed links to key theory and research;
      • practical strategies highlighted in the text;
      • consideration of children at different ages and stages of development;
      • links throughout to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    Written by a leading consultant who regularly delivers training on Sustained Shared Thinking, this will be an essential text for students on foundation degree and childhood studies courses as well as early years practitioners.

    1. An introduction to Sustained Shared Thinking  2. How Sustained Shared Thinking can support the Characteristics of Learning  3. Sustained Shared Thinking in the Prime areas  4. Sustained Shared Thinking in the Specific Areas  5. The role of the practitioner and Key person  6. Environments to support Sustained Shared Thinking  7. Different ages, different requirements  8. Parents, carers and the home learning environment  9. Concluding thoughts


    Kathy Brodie is an Early Years Consultant and Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Stockport College, UK. She delivers training on planning, observations, schema, working with under 2s, outdoor play, Sustained Shared Thinking, the EYFS and Sparkly Thinking.

    "...this book will facilitate, not only improved outcomes for the children in your care, but also more enjoyable interactive teaching experiences for you as a practitioner." - Martine Horvath, eye magazine