Summary Book Review EBOOK: Understanding History Teaching by Chris Husbands:
Download or read book EBOOK: Understanding History Teaching written by Chris Husbands and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2003-09-16 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Understanding History Teaching is an enjoyable read with a logical and flowing structure. It lives up to its goal of appealing to both academic and professional readers with both academic depth and real insights and opportunities for the professional teacher to draw from. It presents its data and interpretations in a manner which does not avoid the issues revealed within the research but has an uplifting effect on the reader and leaves them feeling optimistic about the quality of History teaching in UK secondary schools." Robert Wyness, Student, De Montfort University, Leicester,UK * Why do we teach and learn about the past? * How is history taught in schools? * What are the influences on the way teachers teach and pupils learn about the past? History is one of the most ideologically disputed of school subjects. Over the past generation, the subject has experienced fundamental changes in content, pedagogy and approach. This book is the first detailed account of the way history is taught in schools to be published for 30 years. Drawing on fieldwork in comprehensive schools, and on research studies worldwide, the authors pose fundamental questions about the way teachers teach and learners learn. They consider its purposes on teaching about the past in a world of accelerating change. The book sets out to explore the realities of classroom history teaching and to offer pointers for the development on the subject in a new century.
Summary Book Review Understanding History: Key Stage 3: Britain in the wider world, Roman times–present by Michael Riley:
Download or read book Understanding History: Key Stage 3: Britain in the wider world, Roman times–present written by Michael Riley and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2019-06-24 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Help every pupil to know more, look closer, think deeper and write better as they develop their historical knowledge and skills throughout Key Stage 3 and get 'GCSE-ready'. Exploring the stories of fascinating people, places and events through an enquiry approach, this Student Book familiarises KS3 pupils with the different ways of thinking required for thematic, period, depth and site studies at GCSE. - Easily and cost-effectively implement a new KS3 curriculum: this coherent single-book course contains 120 lessons that experienced and non-specialist teachers can deliver with confidence, across a two or three-year KS3 - Establish strong foundational knowledge of British History: the content has been meticulously selected to provide a chronological spine that contextualises GCSE content, saving you valuable time when teaching GCSE - Focus on building writing skills: GCSE-style command words and question types are introduced gradually, developing the extended writing skills that pupils need to reach the highest marks, whichever GCSE specification you follow - Effectively assess and demonstrate progress: regular activities throughout the Student Book lead to end-of-enquiry tasks, supporting both formative and summative assessment of pupils' conceptual understanding and writing skills - Generate enthusiasm and respect for historical evidence: pupils are encouraged to use sources and interpretations as part of their historical investigations, leading to a natural improvement in their analytical and evaluative skills
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Essential Primary History by Christopher Russell:
Download or read book EBOOK: Essential Primary History written by Christopher Russell and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2016-07-16 with total page 200 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is an essential handbook on teaching primary history, combining subject knowledge with practical teaching ideas to ensure your teaching of history is both imaginative and creative. Emphasizing the importance of history and its wider skillset, the book explores the concepts and skills that are the fundamental building blocks of history teaching such as: • Chronological understanding • Concepts and skills • Interpretation and evidence Each chapter offers a structured approach and provides a range of activities that both address specific elements of the history curriculum and help develop this wider skillset. It includes practical ideas for lessons through an essential toolkit of ideas, teaching strategies and activities, with each activity designed to focus on a key skill or attribute associated with teaching primary history. The practical insights accompanied by a grounded rationale for each aspect of history will help you learn the best methods for approaching the teaching of history in the primary school, as well as plan and deliver effective history lessons. This book is ideal if you are training to teach as it will help you with your assignments and your teaching placements. It is also recommended if you are a more experienced practitioner or history coordinator and want to provide the very best experiences in primary history to children in your school. “An essential and inspirational guidebook for the successful teaching of history within the primary classroom! If you are in any way involved with the teaching of history, you owe it to yourself to read this book. A ‘must have’ for all history coordinators and teachers within the primary sector, from trainees to the experienced, who wish to raise the profile of history within their school. Closely tied to the new primary curriculum, it is enriched with excellent ideas to make history in the classroom a fun and memorable experience.” Julia Wilson, Primary Teacher, Hensingham Primary School, UK “This book is easy to read and will enable all teachers (whatever their stage of career development) to become even better at teaching History. The chapter about the history of the curriculum is particularly interesting because it helps us all to understand what has influenced curriculums and pedagogies over time, whereas the Planning, Assessment and Toolkit chapters are useful on a more practical level. What is particularly ideal for trainee teachers is the Theory into Practice chapter that blends the pedagogy of History with learning theory. I will certainly be recommending this text to all my student teachers.” Maggie Webster, Senior Lecturer and RE Subject Coordinator, Edge Hill University, UK “Chris Russell has provided a gem of a guide with lots of practical advice for the student and practising teacher of history in the primary classroom, as well as a good book to read in its own right." Marian Hodgson, Head Teacher, St Philips CE Primary School, Litherland, UK
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Understanding Dyslexia: A Guide for Teachers and Parents by Denis Lawrence:
Download or read book EBOOK: Understanding Dyslexia: A Guide for Teachers and Parents written by Denis Lawrence and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2009-03-16 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "In his book Understanding Dyslexia Denis Lawrence leaves no stone unturned. This up-to-date book provides a comprehensive account of all aspects of dyslexia. The author's knowledge, experience and empathy is evident and the book can be recommended for all who want a simple account of the nature and consequences of dyslexia." Professor Maggie Snowling, University of York, UK "[This book is] a very readable introduction and guide covering theories of dyslexia and important areas of practical importance to those living with dyslexia or providing support for them." J.B.Thomas, Loughborough University, UK Dyslexia affects at least ten per cent of children and is the most common special educational need that teachers encounter. However, the characteristics of dyslexia can mean that it is often confused with other learning difficulties. Whether you are a teacher or a parent, this easy-to-read book helps you to understand what is meant by 'dyslexia', providing clear guidance for identifying the signs and outlining practical strategies for helping and supporting dyslexic children. As well as examining current popular definitions of dyslexia, the book offers a fresh definition, based on current research. Each chapter helps you to understand the unique challenges faced by dyslexic children in their learning of literacy skills and shows that the combined efforts of parents and teachers really can make a difference. Key features include: Coverage of the most popular methods used in the assessment of dyslexia Strategies and techniques to help dyslexic children develop their literacy skills at school and at home A focus on how to enhance and maintain self-esteem in dyslexic children A look at other specific learning difficulties that overlap or can be confused with dyslexia Discussion of society's attitude towards dyslexia and the need for further understanding of the concept Understanding Dyslexia is valuable reading for trainee and practising teachers, SENCOs and parents.
Summary Book Review Understanding History by John Child:
Download or read book Understanding History written by John Child and published by Heinemann. This book was released on 1992 with total page 128 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The second of a three-part series which aims to provide a complete history course for the whole of Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. A teacher's set, including photocopiable worksheets, accompanies each pupil book.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Developing Interactive Teaching and Learning using the IWB by Sara Hennessy:
Download or read book EBOOK: Developing Interactive Teaching and Learning using the IWB written by Sara Hennessy and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2013-10-16 with total page 154 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Do your students tune out from the IWB? No matter how 'whizzy' you make the technology, do you have trouble engaging them?Would you like some ideas to support a more interactive approach to using the IWB, so that your students are more motivated and involved in your lessons? Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) are now found in the majority of UK classrooms and many teachers are highly technically competent with this technology. Yet there is a need to develop expertise that capitalizes on such advanced technological equipment as an effective teaching and learning tool. The aim of this resource is to support a more interactive approach to using the IWB, especially in whole-class teaching. Research into classroom practices shows that more interactive approaches - in particular engaging pupils in dialogue and discussion - promote better learning. This resource offers practical support and examples that help develop teaching practices that are more productive for learning, focused around the use of the IWB. This teacher resource has three key elements: The Professional Development Resource takes you through discussion, reflection and practical activities that focus on dialogue and the use of the IWB The Reader explores key issues related to use of the IWB in primary and secondary classrooms, and directly supports the Professional Development Resource The Resource Bank offers video examples, sample classroom activities, explanatory screenshots, and IWB lesson templates, all available online Together with its website containing the resource bank, this text is an essential toolkit for trainee and qualified teachers, as well as senior leadership teams. "I fully recommend this set of extremely useful material containing a strong classroom voice endorsed by authoritative academic researchers. Teachers will be drawn to this material, and will be able to review their own practice, reflect on the centrality of classroom spoken interactions, and investigate how best to use the expensive item of technology on the wall to get the very best from their investment. The blend of resources, ideas and readings coupled with the video clips will provide a wealth of material to do just that. It will prove very useful for teachers with any length of experience, from those who might want to take a fresh look at their classroom practice to those new to the profession. I will certainly draw from this in my CPD training with school staff." Sally Elding, Senior Adviser, Primary Elearning Team, The ICT Service, Cambridgeshire "This book ensures that 'interactivity' in the classroom does not just mean the casual interaction of students with software. Instead, the authors show how to combine two very powerful tools - the IWB and talk - to create an effective and inclusive learning environment. Chapters draw on classroom settings to show how use of the IWB can be enhanced by a focus on the quality of the talk that goes on between students, and between teacher and learners. Authors use practical experience to highlight the things that make the difference to the use of the IWB - for example the establishment of exploratory dialogue, the thoughtful organisation of group work and the creation of straightforward but stimulating IWB resources. In addition the text provides clear guidance for teachers on how and why to raise student awareness of the importance of their discussion when making or considering digital artefacts. There is a strong focus on ensuring that both students and teachers understand best use of the IWB; and that contexts for learning are provided which really merit discussion. The Teacher Development section considers use of the IWB in a dialogic classroom - and shows how best practice can be achieved, with useful resources, and a format for reviewing own learning. The Reader section provides insight into the aspects of talk that fit together to generate a dialogic classroom context, and crucially shows how use of the IWB is both enhanced by dialogue and contributes to students' capacity to take part in learning dialogues with one another. The Resource Bank draws on a range of classroom contexts, providing examples to support teachers as they create their own lesson plans and ideas. The text is accessible and interesting, with complex ideas clearly explained, and the book is readily navigated.This book will enable teachers to plan for dialogue based on the motivating and interesting features of the IWB. In particular it provides guidance for student use of the IWB, and creation of own resources tailored to learning needs. Teachers who wish to have a focus on dialogue will find here a theoretically based, practical approach to ensuring that their students really benefit from interactivity, with the IWB and with each other." Dr Lyn Dawes, Educational Consultant "This valuable resource provides both a theoretical framework and pedagogic guidance to use the interactive whiteboard to its full potential with learners of all ages. Written by established classroom practitioners and academic researchers, it provides a set of resources which are grounded in the reality of classroom life, but underpinned by academic rigour which make it useful to both student and experienced teachers alike." Professor Gary Beauchamp, Professor of Education and Director of Research, School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK Contributors: Lloyd Brown, Simon Knight, Caroline Neale, Diane Rawlins, Rupert Wegerif
Summary Book Review Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History by Terry Haydn:
Download or read book Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History written by Terry Haydn and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013 with total page 190 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "Nearly all history teachers are interested in how new technology might be used to improve teaching and learning in history. However, not all history departments have had the time, expertise and guidance which would enable them to fully explore the wide range of ways in which ICT might help them to teach their subject more effectively. This much-needed collection offers practical guidance and examples of the ways in which new technology can enhance pupil engagement in the subject, impact on knowledge retention, get pupils learning outside the history classroom, and help them to work collaboratively using a range of Web 2.0 applications. The chapters, written by experienced practitioners and experts in the field of history education and ICT, explore topics such as: - How to design web interactivities for your pupils; - What can you accomplish with a wiki; - How to get going in digital video editing; - What to do with the VLE?; - Making best use of the interactive whiteboard; - Designing effective pupil webquests; - Digital storytelling in history; - Making full use of major history websites; - Using social media. Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History is essential reading for all trainee, newly qualified and experienced teachers of history. It addresses many of the problems, barriers and dangers which new technology can pose, but it also clearly explains and exemplifies the wide range of ways in which ICT can be used to radically improve the quality of pupils' experience of learning history"--
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Summary Book Review Oxford IB Diploma Programme: IB Prepared: Theory of Knowledge eBook by Bill Roberts:
Download or read book Oxford IB Diploma Programme: IB Prepared: Theory of Knowledge eBook written by Bill Roberts and published by Oxford University Press - Children. This book was released on 2022-02-17 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: IB Prepared resources are developed directly with the IB to provide the most up-to-date, authentic and authoritative guidance on DP assessment. IB Prepared: Theory of Knowledge combines a concise review of course content with strategic guidance, past paper material and exam-style practice opportunities, allowing learners to consolidate the knowledge and skills that are essential to success.
Summary Book Review OCR GCSE History Explaining the Modern World: Migration, Empire and the Historic Environment by Martin Spafford:
Download or read book OCR GCSE History Explaining the Modern World: Migration, Empire and the Historic Environment written by Martin Spafford and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2017-03-20 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Exam board: OCR Level: GCSE Subject: History First teaching: September 2016 First exams: Summer 2018 Trust Ben Walsh to guide you through the 9-1 GCSE specification and motivate your students to excel with his trademark mix of engaging narrative and fascinating contemporary sources. Brought to you by the market-leading History publisher and OCR's Publishing Partner for History.
Summary Book Review Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School by Terry Haydn:
Download or read book Learning to Teach History in the Secondary School written by Terry Haydn and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2008 with total page 290 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In some hands, history can be an inspirational and rewarding subject, yet in others it can seem dry and of little relevance. The aim of this textbook is to enable trainee teachers to learn to teach history in a way that pupils will find interesting, enjoyable and purposeful. It incorporates a wide range of ideas about the teaching of history with practical suggestions for classroom practice. This is the third edition of a textbook that has established itself as the leading text for student teachers of history. It has been thoroughly updated, with a revised chapter on the use of ICT in history teaching and major new sections in the areas of inclusion, resources, assessment and professional development. It provides a wide range of references and materials that provide a sound theoretical foundation for the teaching of history, including weblinks to a range of further resources. A range of tasks enable students to put their learning into practice in the classroom. The book also provides reference and access to a wide range of recent and relevant research in the field of history education which will be of use to student teachers pursuing courses which have a Masters level component. In all, it is an invaluable resource for trainee and beginning history teachers. 'This book is without question the standard text for the history PGCE market,' Dr Ian Davies, University of York, on the first edition.
Summary Book Review The Challenge of Rethinking History Education by Bruce A. VanSledright:
Download or read book The Challenge of Rethinking History Education written by Bruce A. VanSledright and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2010-09-13 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Every few years in the United States, history teachers go through what some believe is an embarrassing national ritual. A representative group of students sit down to take a standardized U.S. history test, and the results show varied success. Sizable percentages of students score at or below a "basic" understanding of the country’s history. Pundits seize on these results to argue that not only are students woefully ignorant about history, but history teachers are simply not doing an adequate job teaching historical facts. The overly common practice of teaching history as a series of dates, memorizing the textbook, and taking notes on teachers’ lectures ensues. In stark contrast, social studies educators like Bruce A. VanSledright argue instead for a more inquiry-oriented approach to history teaching and learning that fosters a sense of citizenship through the critical skills of historical investigation. Detailed case studies of exemplar teachers are included in this timely book to make visible, in an easily comprehensible way, the thought processes of skilled teachers. Each case is then unpacked further to clearly address the question of what history teachers need to know to teach in an investigative way. The Challenge of Rethinking History Education is a must read for anyone looking for a guide to both the theory and practice of what it means to teach historical thinking, to engage in investigative practice with students, and to increase students’ capacity to critically read and assess the nature of the complex culture in which they live.
Summary Book Review Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students by Jere Brophy:
Download or read book Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students written by Jere Brophy and published by Cengage Learning. This book was released on 2012-03-29 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: POWERFUL SOCIAL STUDIES FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS examines the nature and purpose of social studies as it outlines ways to select content and teach history, geography, and social sciences more meaningfully. These respected authors present principles and illustrative examples to help pre-service and in-service teachers plan well-organized social studies instruction that produces positive student outcomes. The Third Edition emphasizes the importance of using developmentally appropriate content and methods when helping students to develop social understanding and civic action, and includes a solid research base that is reflective of the current NCSS standards. Rather than advocating the elimination of the traditional content framework used to organize the social studies curriculum ('expanding communities framework'), the authors call for retaining the most important topics that have traditionally been emphasized and for teaching these topics in 'more coherent and powerful ways.' Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Summary Book Review Oxford International Primary History: Student Book 5 eBook: Oxford International Primary History Student Book 5 eBook by Helen Crawford:
Download or read book Oxford International Primary History: Student Book 5 eBook: Oxford International Primary History Student Book 5 eBook written by Helen Crawford and published by Oxford University Press - Children. This book was released on 2021-04-15 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This complete six year primary history course develops inquisitive and engaged learners through a six-year primary history course. Helping students contextualise historical events, it provides a firm foundation to analyse both local and international history. It is based on the English National Curriculum and maintains an international focus. Â· Follows an enquiry-based approach and focuses on historical skills and knowledge Â· Carefully selected topics engage students with a mix of international and local history Â· Helps students refine literacy and language skills with specific considerations for EAL students Â· The Student Books, Workbooks and Teacher's Guide provide differentiated activities to meet the wide range of needs in your classroom Â· Offers a structured syllabus which follows the 2014 English National Curriculum with a focus on world history Â· Step-by-step teaching plans are available in the Teacher's Guide
Summary Book Review Teaching Secondary History by Heather Sharp:
Download or read book Teaching Secondary History written by Heather Sharp and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2021-10-15 with total page 268 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book provides an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching History to years 7-12 in Australian schools.
Summary Book Review The History Teacher: Adventure in Estonia by Fred Phillips:
Download or read book The History Teacher: Adventure in Estonia written by Fred Phillips and published by FriesenPress. This book was released on 2019-03-21 with total page 226 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this third instalment of The History Teacher trilogy, John Stevens, the history teacher, takes a trip to Estonia where he is drawn into an extraordinary adventure of hope and intrigue! Intent on changing the course of human history, an international group of do-gooders gathers in this tiny Eastern European country to map out a strategy for change! First, though, they must overcome the power structures and attitudes meant to maintain the global status quo. All too often, people ask what we as individuals can do to contribute to meaningful change, feeling too uninformed and powerless to take direct action! The History Teacher, Adventure in Estonia provides simple guidance on how spiritual consciousness and divine love can overcome this dilemma! It transends country, cultural, racial, religious and gender borders to remind us that we are all in this together, sharing a common source and purpose. The story also examines one of the great challenges of human evolution, the steadfast and sometimes violent resistance to change. Similar to the first two editions of this trilogy, the protagonist receives guidance on his journey through dreams, angel visits and synchronistic encounters, amidst a delightfully informative blend of spirituality, history and rock n' roll.
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Studying Education: An Introduction to the Key Disciplines in Education Studies by Barry Dufour:
Download or read book EBOOK: Studying Education: An Introduction to the Key Disciplines in Education Studies written by Barry Dufour and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2011-10-16 with total page 210 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is a comprehensive, student-friendly text, introducing you to the main education disciplines in one handy volume. In a lively and accessible manner, it examines the academic disciplines that underpin our understanding of education and the contexts within which learning takes place. The book covers the seven main subject disciplines that contribute to education as a broad field of study - history of education, politics of education, philosophy of education, economics of education, sociology of education, psychology of education and comparative education. Key features include: Seven extended chapters all written by specialist and experienced academics in their field A brief overview and history at the beginning of each chapter, followed by a selection of key themes and topics within the discipline Boxed summaries of key theorists and researchers throughout each chapter Tasks for the reader, along with extensive referencing and suggestions for further reading and research Studying Education is essential reading for students on Education Studies or PGCE courses, as well as all of those interested in or involved with education or schooling. Contributors: Rebecca Allen, Clyde Chitty, Will Curtis, Barry Dufour, Diahann Gallard, Angie S. Garden, Debbie Le Play, Richard Waller "This book provides an authoritative, ‘state of the art’ introduction to the key disciplines of education studies. It provides useful study activities and concise introductory notes on key texts, key figures, key centres and key journals in each discipline. A valuable and highly readable addition to the education studies literature." Clive Harber, Professor of International Education, University of Birmingham, UK "This book aims to explore the disciplines that are the “foundation” education disciplines: History, Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Sociology, Psychology and Comparative Education. The editors claim that their key aim is to “provide a general overview of each subject [...] enabling the readers to explore each discipline in greater depth” (page1). This book offers an overview of the disciplines that have been dominant in education. The disciplines the editors have chosen to include in this book thus illustrate a range of diverse approaches to the study of education. The book is written in an accessible style for undergraduate students embarking on inquiry into the nature of education studies and the disciplines that may be important. Interestingly the chapters in this book will also help students to refine their understanding of historical, political, socio-economical and psychological aspects that are interrelated in the study of education. Although the authors of individual chapters develop a discussion of their discipline in each chapter, they successfully and consistently apply their disciplinarity thus offering students opportunities to discuss the identity of education studies and debate the relevance of disciplines in the development of educational thought. Chapter One offers a rigorous and critical approach to key historical developments in education, attempting a useful heuristic consideration to all levels of education and covering a number of factors such as women and education, ethnicity, race and religion in order that students are inducted into the wider socio-political developments of education. The second chapter offers a different, but relevant, dimension to the first chapter by examining the role of politics in education, debating issues around power, conflict and change and for the development of educational thinking such a chapter debating policy-making and politics is vitally important. The third chapter on philosophy of education is central to the study of the foundation disciplines of education as philosophical approaches influence and underpin education studies in terms of history, policy, research and practice. The next chapter debates the economics of education and is particularly welcomed especially in an era that there is a decline in the study of this topic. The next two chapters examine sociological and psychological aspects of education studies.Finally the last chapter raises an interesting debate of the academic disciplinarity of comparative education, drawing upon the challenges of organisational support, funding and policy making. Overall throughout the book the students are encouraged to avoid fragmentation and to develop an educational thinking beyond disciplinary perspectives without losing the relativity of education to these disciplines and their contribution to the development of the 21st educational thinking." Ioanna Palaiologou, The University of Hull
Summary Book Review EBOOK: Starting from the Child: Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Stage by Julie Fisher:
Download or read book EBOOK: Starting from the Child: Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Stage written by Julie Fisher and published by McGraw-Hill Education (UK). This book was released on 2013-03-16 with total page 264 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Starting from the Child supports early years practitioners to be advocates for young children and their learning needs. In the fourth edition of this highly influential and inspirational book, Julie Fisher outlines the important theories and research which should underpin best early years practice. She takes a robust and principled stand against downward pressure to formalise young children’s learning too soon, and offers practical and meaningful ways to develop high quality learning and teaching in the early years. Starting from the Child challenges all early years practitioners to consider: How to build on children’s innate desire to learn and their competence and autonomy as effective early learners How to plan environments indoors and out that make learning irresistible How to plan for high quality child-initiated learning to take place seamlessly alongside learning that is adult-initiated The role of the adult in supporting and extending young children’s learning How daily observation of children informs and underpins planning for their individual and unique learning needs Revised and updated throughout, this fourth edition includes the latest research on early brain development and reference to recent government initiatives including the revised Early Years Foundation Stage. Starting from the Child is essential reading, not only for early years practitioners, but for all those who manage and make decisions about early learning. “In the fourth edition of this book, Julie Fisher once again demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the history of early childhood education, and the enduring principles that continue to underpin practice. She has skilfully blended these principles with contemporary research and theory in order to provide readers with deep understanding of young children as capable, competent and eager learners. Julie draws on her extensive work with practitioners to present the everyday realities and complexities of their practice, and to sound welcome notes of caution about the ways in which policy frameworks are used. She offers vignettes to illustrate key issues, provocations and challenges to stimulate thinking, and questions to engage readers with contemporary issues and dilemmas. The book also reflects deeply held convictions about the moral and ethical responsibilities we have to teach young children in ways that respect their extraordinary enthusiasm for learning. This book will be invaluable for students of early childhood education, especially those on professional development programmes such as Early Childhood Studies, Early Years Professional Status, and Post Graduate Certificate of Education.” Professor Elizabeth Wood, University of Sheffield, UK “The fourth edition of this classic text has been updated with recent research. This is very helpful in supporting readers but it’s the underpinning philosophy that makes this a continuing classic. The title says it all. Julie takes the reader by the hand and says ‘Look and listen, give these children your full and respectful attention and they will teach you how to be with them.’ All the practical ideas in the book support practitioners in using their skills and knowledge to recognise early childhood as valuable in its own right - to be relished and enjoyed, not to be rushed through or seen merely as preparation for the next stage. We owe it to our children to take heed.” Helen Moylett, Early Years Consultant and writer “Julie Fisher’s work has been a staple of Early Childhood Education since the first edition of Starting from the Child in 1996. Her fourth edition does not disappoint, and is a welcome development of her thinking. She delves in more detail, for example, into brain development, and leads her readers further into the latest scientific thinking on how children learn. She is, as ever, insightful about how adults work with children, with helpful advice about how to observe (and record) children’s learning, and how to plan effectively. Her inclusion of her own latest field work ensures that Julie’s advice on early years practice remains rooted in the everyday, while making accessible a range of theoretical and scientific perspectives. This is a book for students, teachers and other early years workers seeking to find their way through the conflicting needs of a rapidly changing area of work.” Nick Swarbrick, Programme Lead for the Undergraduate Modular Programme in the School of Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK