Teaching Practice: A Guide for Early Childhood Students

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ILLUSTRATIONS

PLATES
1.1 Two-year-olds play with others but also seek adult attention 4
1.2 Young children depend on adults for their well-being 13
2.1 Importance of showing interest in what children are doing 23
2.2 The challenge of observing children 38
3.1 Curriculum decision making and children’s backgrounds 55
3.2 A legitimate aspect of a child’s curriculum? 65
4.1/4.2 Materials and the ways they are presented send messages to children 82
4.3 Freedom to play with materials, other children and ideas 87
5.1 Knowing when and how to intervene: an important practical skill 114
5.2 Both providing sensory experiences to children, and talking with them about what they are sensing, are important 118
6.1 Aides are important members of the teaching team 137
6.2 Ways in which parents support their children’s education 146
7.1 Building caring relationships involves positive interactions with children and their parents 157
7.2 Ensuring that children understand what is expected of them is an important teaching strategy 165
7.3 Extension of pretend play as children ‘write’ signs for their buildings and games 169

FIGURES
4.1 The children’s rules for rest time 97
5.1 Processes in developing a practical theory 113

TABLES
2.1 Extract from Tina’s observation record 43
3.1 Extract from Tania’s planning book 70
3.2 Melinda’s curriculum web 71

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Teaching Practice: A Guide for Early Childhood Students
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Foreword x
  • Preface xii
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • 1 - Teaching Practice in Early Childhood Settings 1
  • 2 - Ways of Knowing and Understanding Children 21
  • 3 - Early Childhood Curriculum 50
  • 4 - Creating Environments for Learning and Teaching 77
  • 5 - Developing a Practical Theory and Practical Skills 103
  • 6 - Working with Adults in Early Childhood Settings 127
  • 7 - Making the Most of the Teaching Practice Experience 153
  • References 176
  • Index 181
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