This interdisciplinary core textbook looks at learning and development from birth to 19 years, and provides an accessible introduction to the common areas of study across the many roles supporting learning and development. There is coverage of common themes and issues, and theory is closely integrated with practice throughout. Chapters cover: physical development, cognitive development, social and emotional development, professionalism, leadership, quality and effectiveness, working with families, safeguarding and promoting well-being, transitions, and equality and inclusion.

Reflection points, workplace activities and professional development planners are all included, and these challenge readers and students to critically engage with theory in their own practice. The book focuses on the key areas of knowledge that all those working with children are required to study, and places them firmly in the context of working together to support children and young people.

Introduction

Introduction
NadiaEdmond

The Role of Theory in This Book

This book is not intended to be a ‘how to’ manual – rather, on the principle that, as the educational theorist Kurt Lewin argued, there is nothing so practical as a good theory (Lewin, 1951: 169), it introduces the reader to ideas which will allow them to develop thinking about practice. For us, the value of higher education in professional development is that the skills of research and critical engagement with a subject learnt in higher education make for more thoughtful, critical and better informed practitioners. Theory informs all the sections of the book and you will encounter a number of key ideas to help you think more deeply about your practice in all of the chapters. In ...

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