Supporting Children's Learning: A Guide for Teaching Assistants explains all the key ideas on how children learn and how best to support children in that learning. Covering all major themes, this book offers an introduction to main theories of learning and development from birth to primary including brain and emotional and social development; an introduction to what motivates learners to learn, and how much learners understand about how learning takes place; a glossary of terms; and case studies, research summaries and tasks for reflection.

Managing Learning

Managing learning

What can we do to make a difference? This chapter is about how we support learning and how we manage learning.

  • What is learning?
  • Making choices about managing learning
  • Longer term outcomes
  • What do we do to help learning?
  • Views about learning

What is Learning?

Learning is about long lasting change, it is about what we know and understand and can do, our likes, dislikes and all those things that make us who we are. When thinking about learning, the debates in psychology around nativism and empiricism are not easily worked out. Clearly some of the ability to learn is genetic. Sometimes the genetic element in learning is considered more important or even all important. At other times particular experiences that enable us to learn may be more prominent. ...

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