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The thinking child : laying the foundations of understanding and competence

Author: Pamela May
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2013.
Series: Foundations of child development (Abingdon, England)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Thinking Child thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children's cognitive and intellectual development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It clearly explains the cognitive strategies that children use to learn new knowledge, the development of cognitive milestones such as symbolism, memories and the imagination, metacognition and creativity along with research into how the brain processes  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela May
ISBN: 9780415521901 0415521904 9780415521918 0415521912
OCLC Number: 781675012
Description: vi, 99 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: Setting the scene --
Playing, exploring and learning --
Active learning --
Creating and thinking critically --
Observing and assessing children's progress --
Partnerships with parents and community --
Thinking differently --
Thoughtful organisation --
Equipped for life, ready for school?
Series Title: Foundations of child development (Abingdon, England)
Responsibility: Pamela May.

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"The Thinking Child thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children's cognitive and intellectual development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It clearly explains the cognitive strategies that children use to learn new knowledge, the development of cognitive milestones such as symbolism, memories and the imagination, metacognition and creativity along with research into how the brain processes information. Throughout the book, the author considers the key characteristics of effective learning and shows how play is one of the primary mechanisms that children use to access new knowledge and to consolidate their emerging ideas and concepts. These characteristics are then applied to integral aspects of early years practice to show how pracitioners can: - motivate children to learn new knowledge about themselves and the world around them; - help children to develop their own ideas creatively and use this knowledge as a base to learn new things; - reflect on their own teaching methods to encourage children's engagement, motivation and creativity through effective observation and planning; - engage with parents and carers to help support children's learning at home whilst maintaining the values of the family; - celebrate the uniqueness of each child and provide learning experiences that are appropriate for individuals with particular learning needs, be they physical, emotional or cognitive to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed. Emphasising the importance of understanding the theory that underpins children's cognitive development, this accessible text shows practitioners how they can use this knowledge to provide learning opportunities that nourish children's thinking and creative skills"--

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