Wilson Library resources on early childhood curriculum
Coombes Approach by Susan Rowe; Susan HumphriesOver the last 40 years the Coombes School in Berkshire, UK, has developed an international reputation for its innovative approach to Nursery and Infant teaching. In this book Sue Humphries, the founder of the school, and Sue Rowe, the former headteacher, explore the principles behind the school and how others can learn from its approach. In particular, the book focuses on the innovative use of the school's environment as a unique 'outdoor classroom' and the development of a sustainable and safe environment in which pupils can play and learn.The Coombes Approach covers a comprehensive range of topics from curriculum design, pastoral care and the wider policy and community contexts in which the school has operated. Supported by an online resource bank of pictures of the school environment and pupils' activities, this is an essential read for school leaders seeking to learn from the successes of the Coombes School's unique approach to teaching. "
Publication Date: 2012-06-01
Developmental Education for Young Children by Bert Van OersDevelopmental Education is an approach to education in school that aims at promoting children's cultural development and their abilities to participate autonomously and well-informed in the cultural practices of their community. From the point of view of Cultural-historical Activity theory (CHAT), a play-based curriculum has been developed over the past decades for primary school, which presents activity contexts for pupils in the classroom that create learning and teaching opportunities for helping pupils with appropriating cultural knowledge, skills, and moral understandings in meaningful ways. The approach is implemented in numerous Dutch primary schools classrooms with the explicit intention to support the learning of both pupils and teachers. The book focuses especially on education of young children (4 - 8 years old) in primary school and presents the underpinning concepts of this approach, and chapters on examples of good practices in a variety of subject matter areas, such as literacy (vocabulary acquisition, reading, writing), mathematics, and arts. Successful implementation of Developmental Education in the classroom strongly depends on dynamic assessment and continuous observations of young pupils' development. Strategies for implementation of both the teaching practices and assessment strategies are discussed in detail in the book.
Publication Date: 2012-06-16
Early childhood education by edited by Iram Siraj-Blatchford and Aziza Mayo.Early years and early childhood is a vibrant area of educational practice. The field is continually developing and is faced with contemporary advances, challenges, and debates in terms of theories, research, and practice. This collection, compiled by Iram Siraj-Blatchford, one of the most influential researchers in early years education, and Aziza Mayo, an emerging expert, provides an authoritative overview of early years education.
Volume 1: Foundational and Contemporary Thought on Young Children, Home and Society looks at the works of the foundational thinkers in early years development. It then sets out the current theories about the pathways and mechanisms of children's cognitive and socio-emotional development in the early years and how the home, community and institutional contexts impact on this development.
Volume 2: Implications for Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy investigates international research in a range of topics such as effective home (and ‘natural’) learning environments and community and other settings in the early years. Furthermore, the volume looks at cultural diversity within and between societies, play and playful pedagogies and peer tutoring.
Volume 3: Early Childhood Programs, Social Mobility and Social Justice puts forward research on international perspectives on unequal childhoods and how these inequalities can affect early childhood education. It also examines strategies and programs to increase the effectiveness of early childhood settings and how to sustain this development.
Volume 4: Current Debates in Early Childhood Education Research considers effective practices of researching early years education by looking at examples of longitudinal studies and randomized controlled trials. It suggests instruments to monitor and evaluate early childhood education and effective application of mixed quantitative and qualitative research towards policy changes.
Publication Date: 2012
Handbook of Early Childhood Education by Robert C. Pianta (Editor); W. Steven Barnett (Editor); Laura M. Justice (Editor); Susan M. Sheridan (Editor); Susan M. Sheridan (Editor)Comprehensive and authoritative, this forward-thinking book reviews the breadth of current knowledge about early education and identifies important priorities for practice and policy. Robert C. Pianta and his associates bring together foremost experts to examine what works in promoting all children's school readiness and social-emotional development in preschool and the primary grades. Exemplary programs, instructional practices, and professional development initiatives-and the systems needed to put them into place-are described. The volume presents cutting-edge findings on the family and social context of early education and explores ways to strengthen collaboration between professionals and parents.
Publication Date: 2012-02-23
Learning Across the Early Childhood Curriculum by Lynn Cohen (Editor); Sandra Waite Stupiansky (Editor); John A. Sutterby (Contribution by)Education, according to John Dewey, should be viewed as dynamic and ongoing with direct teaching of integrated content knowledge. This volume offers readers an examination of the content areas in early childhood curriculum that honor Dewey's belief in active, integrated learning. When young children learn in a way that is most natural to them, they unconsciously integrate subject areas into a complex whole based on their current interests. The ability to apply and integrate academic skills such as language arts, numeracy, scientific investigation, social studies, technology, and health and physical education is key to building capacity for future learning.