The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers. This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.

You in a Team of Researchers

You in a team of researchers
Anna Cox

In this chapter we will begin to consider:

  • learning as a research activity;
  • the classroom as a research community;
  • the impact of the classroom climate on young learner researchers;
  • the potential of systematic research to understand and develop practice;
  • the role of practitioner research;
  • using research done by others to develop your practice.


In the Reception year children are encouraged to be researchers, supported by the provision made available to them by you, their teacher. You do this informed by what you know about them and informed by what is known about how young children learn. Young learners can be seen as individual researchers attending to their areas of interest. However, alongside this they work ...

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