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Extending Thought in Young Children

Extending Thought in Young Children
A Parent - Teacher Partnership

Second Edition

March 2007 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Praise for the 1st edition:

"A detailed report on the difficult area of children's cognitive development within an early childhood education program from 2-5 years, and a clear example of a high-quality program demonstrating what excellence can achieve."
—Early Education

In this revised version of a classic text, Chris Athey builds on her original internationally renowned research with new illustrations of 'continuity' in children's thinking from early to primary education. Drawing on extensive experience and research evidence, the author shows how teachers of young children can advance professionally towards a greater knowledge of the children's thinking and learning.

Extending Thought in Young Children, Second Edition covers:

  • "Forms of thought" used by young children
  • Assimilation of curriculum content
  • Pedagogy
  • Parental participation

This updated edition is an essential read for students and teachers in early years education.

PART I Events Influencing the Froebel Early Education Project
1. In the Beginning
2. Evolution of Early Education Provision
3. Research in Quality Education and Pedagogy
4. Towards a Constructivist Pedagogy
PART II The Findings of the Froebel Early Education Project
5. From Marks to Meanings: The Language Of Lines
6. From Action To Thought
PART III Continuities from Earlier to Later Patterns of Thought
7. Continuities in Form and Meanings
8. Speech and Writing In Relation To Schemas
9. Continuity Between Schemas and Concepts
10. Parental Participation and Extended Experience

Many of my students bought this book and referred to it in their assignments.

They found it invaluable in describing and analysisng chidlren's schematic behaviour.

I will be recommending this text on forthcoming courses about symbolic representation and creativity.

It is an essential text for supporting these areas.

Ms Micky LeVoguer
Early Childhood Studies Scheme, London Metropolitan University
September 14, 2010

A very readable book as it interprets child observations and explains the context for schema development. The book considers traditional views of education towards the constructivist approach to developmental learning.

Mrs Jayne Knott
Education , Hull University
January 30, 2010

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