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How Children Learn

How Children Learn

March 2014 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Understanding How Children Learn is a vital part of working with children. Every child is unique and understanding differences in learning helps all to benefit.

This book goes beyond simply understanding the work of key theorists and the various theories of learning to recognise what learning actually looks like and how it is best facilitated in any setting.

Each chapter includes:

  • Exercises to help you evaluate your understanding and practice
  • Examples taken from real experiences to illustrate concepts beyond the theory
  • Summaries to help you take the key messages from each chapter
  • Suggestions for further reading to help push your own learning further.

Looking at key topics such as brain development, technology in childhood and barriers to learning, this book will explain what learning really is.

Why not also have a look at the companion title Learning Theories in Childhood to explore the key learning theories?

Sean MacBlain is Reader in Child Development and Disability at the University of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth.

What is Learning?
Learning Theories in Action
Thinking and Learning in the Early Years
Learning in the Family
Learning and Schooling
Intelligence and Learning
The Emotionally Intelligent Learner
Additional Support Needs and Learning
Communities of Learning
Future Learning

This is a timely book as it looks at the complexities of the modern world in which education operates. The author considers the role of the family and education in the pre-school years at a time when, for instance, the balance between play and more formal learning is being debated. He writes sympathetically about specific difficulties like dyslexia and autism and the problems of dealing with them. I would certainly recommend this book for anybody following PG and CPD courses in education.

Margaret Barr, CPD Tutor for Dyslexia Action
Dyslexia Review

Excellent textbook of use to all those studying childhood

Mrs Annabel Yale
Social and Psychological Science, Edge Hill University
February 3, 2020

Continues to be relevant to our course

Mr Tim Cooke
Doctoral Programme in Educational Psychology, Southampton University
June 13, 2016

For first year undergraduates this text provides clear and insightful commentary

Mrs Karen Williams
Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
March 11, 2016

Appropriate for child development in the early years

Mrs Nikki Stephanie Southgate
January 30, 2016

A succinct and accessible text which provides excellent supportive commentary and incisive summaries, particularly for undergraduate and PGCE students.

Mr Kevin Zwierzchaczewski
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
September 7, 2015

Excellent text to support all units of the HND

Mrs Angela Mahon
Vocational Education , Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
October 13, 2015

A very accessible text that clearly explains major learning theories and then applies them to situations in the family, schools and thinking and learning. High recommended for EY students.

Mrs Anna Lucia Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
July 22, 2015

This book has widely used by students at Level 4 on our FdA Early Childhood Studies, demonstrating its accessibility and that students found it useful and relevant to cite in their summative assessments.

Mrs Tracey Herbert
University Centre, Petroc
July 6, 2015

very good overview of different Schools of thaughts

Dr Tanja Kirn
Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen, University of Liechtenstein
July 6, 2015