By Joy A. Palmer, Joanna C. Birch
This completely revised and updated 2nd Edition of Geography in the Early Years presents a lively and comprehensive overview of teaching and learning in geography. Theoretical aspects of early years teaching in geography are complemented by up-to-date research findings and illustrated with discussion, a wealth of case studies, and suggestions for the development and implementation of sound geographical work in practice. In a practitioner-friendly style, this book provides: * an examination of the essence of geography in terms of children's conceptions of the physical environment; * a detailed description of geography in the national curriculum and of the place and nature of environmental education within early years teaching; * guidelines for taking a whole school approach in policy, planning and organisation of geographical learning; * examples of initial teacher training and continuing professional developments. The highly accessible, illuminating book will be immensely helpful to teachers, student teachers, policy-makers and all other providers of education for children aged 3-7 years.