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`Tricia David starts the book off with a commitment to the importance of relationships. "The impact of emotional aspects of a school or nursery situation has long been neglected in the UK, as is amply demonstrated by the list of criteria for judging the quality of teaching drawn from OfSTED critieria". Amen to that" - Times Educational Supplement, Friday Magazine `Teaching Young Children is essential reading for early years teacher trainers and anyone working with young children, birth to 8 years old. It is an excellent companion volume to one of David's other books, Young Children Learning. David's many contributions to the literature in early years education has focused on the ways in which soc

Changing Minds: Teaching Young Children
Changing minds: Teaching young children
TriciaDavid

Ask anyone (in the UK) to recall what was special about a ‘good teacher’ who taught them in primary school and most will come up with similar descriptions of a person who was firm but fair, warm but not over-familiar, respectful, had a sense of humour, knew their stuff and made each pupil feel they (and their work) mattered. Embedded in these descriptions is a message about relationships. Research (Huttunen 1992) with older pupils which attempted to tease out what children in Finland valued about the preschools they attended until age seven demonstrated clearly that relationships are the most important and enduring factors. In his fine-grained research Andrew Pollard (1996) demonstrated how the quality of relationships ...

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