By Pat Broadhead
This booklet attracts jointly examine undertaken through nursery and first academics, together with neighborhood schooling professionals and through larger schooling employees. It specializes in perform and provision within the early years of schooling and care, taking a look predominantly at youngsters among the a while of 3 and 8. The learn is drawn upon in creating a case for contemplating the early years as a continuum of improvement and studying. The facets of this continuum which are addressed comprise distinct wishes, language improvement, parental involvement, four-year-olds in class, studying and educating arithmetic, studying and instructing technology and evaluation. it truly is was hoping that the ebook can upload weight to the decision for well-focused preliminary education and for ongoing expert help for all operating with kids - the complexities of the learning-development continuum have to be asserted and understood. during this admire, extra examine is obviously wanted and it really is was hoping that the longer term may possibly witness a renewed dedication to substantially-funded early years learn. The e-book is meant for either practitioners and researchers. numerous of the stated examine initiatives may lend themselves to replication by means of academics trying to discover their very own perform. All have an integrity and rigour that could aid increase the prestige and profile of early years study.
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Extra info for Researching the Early Years Continuum (Bera Dialogues)
The research was carried out in her previous post where, also as head, she was involved in a Scottish Office Education Department (SOED) funded project into parent-teacher collaboration. Ann MacNamara is a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Leeds in the areas of initial training, inservice and higher degrees. Prior to this, she taught in nursery and across the primary range. Val Monaghan is a teacher in charge of a 52-place nursery in Leeds. After a number of years in secondary and further education, she retrained for nursery and has worked in a variety of inner city settings.
Working from an action research perspective her findings contribute both to theoretical and contextual perspectives. Dianne Lamont's (Chapter 4) research is the first of three studies to draw attention to parental involvement in the early years, each of the studies moving well beyond a view of parents as helpers. It has long been recognised that parental involvement issues are central to the early years debate. Margaret Clark advocated its inclusion within a research agenda and as noted earlier, parental involvement is fundamental to the application of the educare principle with the need to acknowledge the experience of the whole child and to link home and school in these early years.
Prior to this, she directed the ENCA 1 Projectthe Evaluation of National Curriculum Assessment at Key Stage 1. She has ongoing and wide interests in child development studies. Page 1 1 Researching the Early YearsIssues and Foci Pat Broadhead The title of this volume, Researching the Early Years Continuum, might seem to pre-suppose an established consensus regarding the nature of such a continuum. In fact, no consensus as yet existspartly because of the inevitable complexity of such a continuum, and also perhaps because some fundamental questions remain only partially explored.