Praise for the 1st edition:

“A detailed report on the difficult area of children's cognitive development within an early childhood education program from 2–5 years, and a clear example of a high-quality program demonstrating what excellence can achieve.”

—Early Education

In this revised version of a classic text, Chris Athey builds on her original internationally renowned research with new illustrations of ‘continuity’ in children's thinking from early to primary education. Drawing on extensive experience and research evidence, the author shows how teachers of young children can advance professionally towards a greater knowledge of the children's thinking and learning.

Extending Thought in Young Children, Second Edition covers:

“Forms of thought” used by young children; Assimilation of curriculum content; Pedagogy; Parental participation

This updated edition is an essential read for students and teachers in early years education.

Parental Participation and Extended Experience

Parental participation and extended experience

As part of the enrichment programme, Project families were taken on 71 visits to places of interest one morning each week in the project bus accompanied by Project staff and students: 19 visits were within the grounds or departments of the Froebel Institute; 12 visits were from outside people coming to the Project, including police, doctors, a dentist and a book publisher; and 40 visits were organized to places of interest outside the Froebel Institute.

The psychological process of ‘experiencing’ or ‘acquiring knowledge’ cannot be observed directly. Therefore, a simple if laborious method was adopted of assessing the experiences of the Project children by the ‘content’ of what they chose to represent: ‘The whole problem is to ...

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