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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
Chapter 9: Young Children's Perceptions of the World
Young Children's Perceptions of the World
By the time they come to school most children have already acquired a range of ideas about their geographical surroundings and the wider world. These notions tend to be rather confused and reflect a general fear of the unknown. This chapter considers how a positive teaching programme can help to promote more balanced images.
In his treatise on education the seventeenth century philospher John Locke (1693) described young children ‘as travellers newly arrived in a strange country of which they know nothing’ (p. 137). If we accept Locke's premise that the newborn baby is devoid of ideas, one of the challenges for educational research is to account for the way children acquire their subsequent knowledge ...