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.

Developing Critical Reflection
Developing critical reflection

This section of the book considers a number of key interrelated themes. These include the way that a contemporary professional practitioner in ECEC needs to adopt a reflective stance in order to support children and families. In order to illustrate the interrelated themes, we have taken an unusual approach of presenting two case studies of student journeys through higher education so the reader can clearly see how their critical reflective thinking has developed over the course of their study and the impact this has had on their practice with children and families.

The section begins with a view of the importance of critically reflective study and considers how a developing practitioner engaged in study needs to see features of ECEC ...

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