'This new early childhood text provides a comprehensive overview of early childhood education in Australia for children from birth to eight years. It reports on a wide variety of significant early childhood topics and is written in a style directed towards early childhood professionals.' - Kim Walters, President, Early Childhood Teachers Association
The early years of care and learning are recognised as crucial for ongoing educational success and future participation in society. Early childhood professionals need specialist preparation to understand and effectively support early years learners.
Teaching Early Years offers a systematic, research-based introduction to educating children from birth to eight years. Leading educators identify the key priorities in early years education and cover developmental issues, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Each chapter concludes with questions that guide reflection of the concepts developed in the chapter.
Written for early childhood education students, childcare workers and education leaders, Teaching Early Years is an essential resource for anyone involved in caring for and educating early years learners.
Table of Contents
List of tables and figures
PART I: THE CONTEXT OF EARLY YEARS LEARNING
1 Early years in Australia
2 The importance of early years education
3 The nature of the early years learner
4 The nurture of the early years learner
PART II: CURRICULUM PRACTICES FOR THE EARLY YEARS
8 The arts
9 Digital technology
10 Health and physical education
PART III: PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICES FOR THE EARLY YEARS
11 Play-based learning
14 Social and emotional well-being
15 Diversity and differentiation
16 Gifted and talented children
PART IV: ASSESSMENT PRACTICES FOR THE EARLY YEARS
17 Assessment and culture
PART V: IMPERATIVES FOR THE EARLY YEARS
19 Professionalism and leadership
20 Evidence-based practice
22 Communities of practice
PROFESSOR DONNA PENDERGAST is Dean and Head, School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. DR SUSANNE GARVIS is an early childhood lecturer at Griffith University.