Teaching young children: choices in theory and practice

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Open University Press, 2004 - Education - 390 pages
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Teaching techniques that helpboth new and experiencedteachers to communicatebetter with their children

Teaching Young Children presents early childhoodstudents and staff with a broadand diverse range of teaching techniques tosupport children’s learning. It examines 26techniques ranging from simple ones—suchas describing and listening—to more complextechniques such as deconstruction andscaffolding. It defines each technique anddiscusses how, when, and why staff mightuse it.

Vignettes and examples clarify how to usethese techniques in everyday situations andoutline different ways to reach children,support their learning, and help them withlearning difficulties. A final chapter presentsa strategic approach to selecting the appropriatetechniques for specific teaching methodsand situations. This chapter also goesone step further, explaining how educationaltheories link with different techniquechoices—giving both teaching students andexperienced teachers a wide range ofoptions and approaches, which is invaluablewhen teaching classes of children withvarying abilities.

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