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`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 8: Young Children Investigating: Adopting a Constructivist Framework
Young Children Investigating: Adopting a Constructivist Framework
Increasingly, questions are being asked about young children's abilities to investigate science concepts and the nature of the investigative skills they need. Yet there appears to be a lack of knowledge and understanding of how these skills are developed and acquired. There is no richer ground to be explored than that of the very young child trying to make sense of the science in their everyday environment. Touch, sight and hearing all play a crucial role, but how can these shape the young child's mind for future investigations in science? What role can teachers play in developing scientific skills? What approaches to the curriculum will nurture young pupils' interests? These questions are ...