Mike Reed has assembled a ‘big book’ that offers something different to the numerous core textbooks offering factual content already on the market. By meeting the lecturer's need for a text that shows students how to think, read, reflect and write critically, his proposed new Core text would have the USP of being a critical course companion.

Policy and Practice
Policy and Practice

This section is intended to draw attention to the significant impact parents and professionals have in promoting and supporting children's learning. The chapters from Martin Needham and Diane Jackson, and Jo Bleach illustrate the way there has been a seminal shift in thinking away from perceiving parents as the recipients of professional knowledge towards a desire to engage in a purposeful collaborative way of working with parents. Their chapters place the parent and child at the centre of what we do as professionals. This point is forcefully made in other chapters which explore the influences that have fuelled a challenging debate about what constitutes an effective early education curriculum. For example, the chapters from Siân Wyn Siencyn, Derval Carey-Jenkins ...

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