The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings (Paperback)
  • The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings (Paperback)

The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 16/06/2012
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"This book offers a unique and critical approach to the theme of adults working in early years settings through a focus on seven key dimensions encompassed in the term 'the plural practitioner'. The discussion is strongly underpinned by a consideration of the two important principles of child centredness and social justice. The authors also draw on multiple perspectives, including the role of neuroscience and socio cultural perspectives, to consider who these early years professional are and the complexity of what they bring to their work."
Linda Miller, Professor Emeritus, Early Years, The Open University, UK

This essential book focuses on the adult role within early years education and care. The book introduces the concept of the 'plural practitioner', which acknowledges that the role of the adult in early years settings is complex and entails many different responsibilities.

The book argues that the `plural practitioner' can create quality early years provision by implementing child-centred and socially just practices. The idea of the `plural practitioner' is embedded in theory and research, providing a robust rationale and framework to help early years practitioners understand of a range of theories and relate them to their work with young children. The book includes:

Discussion of the seven different dimensions of the adult role - to help practitioners reflect on the multiple and complex ways in which they work with young children including: The Critical Reflector, The Carer, The Communicator, The Facilitator, The Observer, The Assessor and The Creator Key questions at the end of each chapter to stimulate further reflection and reading Case study examples of real practitioner experiences The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings will appeal to all students and practitioners either planning to or currently working in early years settings and aiming to develop their practice.

Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9780335242306
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 231 x 155 x 12 mm

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