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Observing Learning in Early Childhood

Observing Learning in Early Childhood

January 2023 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book is a concise and accessible guide to observation as a tool for supporting learning for children aged 0 - 5. It provides comprehensive coverage of the what, why, and how of observation, brought to life with extensive case studies and contextualised alongside other crucial Early Years’ topics, including child development and play.

This book encourages readers to consider their own context and practice, with reflective questions at the end of each chapter and specific chapters on linking observations to the curriculum and sharing insights with parents and colleagues.

The focus on both learning and self-reflection makes ‘Observing Learning in Early Childhood’ ideal for students, newly qualified teachers, and current practitioners alike.

Dr. Stella Louis is a freelance early years consultant, with 34 years’ experience of working with children and families across the UK, South Africa and Australia.

Why Observations Matter
The Cycle of Observation
The Network for Learning
The 12 Features of Play
Observing and Identifying Schemas
Interpreting Learning
Reflecting on Observations and Links to the Curriculum
Observations as a Tool – Sharing Observations with Parents and Colleagues
Translating Professional Knowledge into Practice

This delightful book, penned by a distinguished and respected author within the field, stands as an essential guide for newcomers to early years education. It offers a clear and accessible pathway to mastering observation techniques crucial for those working with young children. Serving as a reflective tool, it aids readers in recognising and comprehending the various approaches and underlying reasons for observing children. Its straightforward presentation demystifies complex concepts, making it particularly beneficial for new students embarking on their journey in early childhood education. With its focus on practical insights and thoughtful guidance, this book is a valuable asset for anyone looking to enhance their observational skills and understanding of early years practice.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
February 29, 2024

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