`Tricia David starts the book off with a commitment to the importance of relationships. "The impact of emotional aspects of a school or nursery situation has long been neglected in the UK, as is amply demonstrated by the list of criteria for judging the quality of teaching drawn from OfSTED critieria". Amen to that" - Times Educational Supplement, Friday Magazine `Teaching Young Children is essential reading for early years teacher trainers and anyone working with young children, birth to 8 years old. It is an excellent companion volume to one of David's other books, Young Children Learning. David's many contributions to the literature in early years education has focused on the ways in which soc
Chapter 3: The Imagination, Play and the Arts
The Imagination, Play and the Arts
A Practical Context
An understanding of the nature of the imagination is as essential to an understanding of the arts as it is to an understanding of the young child and education. A consideration of the imagination can unite in a very significant manner elements of theory and models of human thought that are of great significance within the educational context. There are, however, real problems in attempting to engage with the complexity, richness and power of the lived experience that constitute the essence of the imaginative and creative processes of the arts and play.
In order to ground this chapter in the activities it seeks to reflect [Page 31]upon I want to start by outlining ...