`I commend it to anyone with a concern for teaching in any of its forms' -School Leadership & Management In this controversial book, Peter Mortimore and a team from London University's Institute of Education explore what is meant by the term pedagogy.They investigate its context and describe some of the recent shifts in thinking about it. Pedagogy affects the way hundreds of thousands of learners of different ages and stages are taught. Yet, until recently, it has been a neglected topic. Instead of having access to systematic evidence about its impact, innovative teachers have been guided only by ideological positions, folk wisdom and fashionable enthusiasms for particular approaches.

Early Childhood Pedagogy: Practice, Principles and Research

Early Childhood Pedagogy: Practice, Principles and Research

Early childhood pedagogy: Practice, principles and research

This chapter seeks to identify the pedagogical principles and practices which are most frequently adopted and considered most relevant in early childhood education. The second half of the chapter addresses the most commonly promoted alternative early childhood programmes (UK and other countries) and their pedagogical implications; the opportunities and limitations they afford; and the ongoing challenges they pose for research. Early childhood education (ECE) in the UK generally refers to children from birth to eight. In this chapter pre-school education denotes under-fives care and education settings (under-six in the case of most other countries), including reception classes in U.K. primary schools.

In Chapter 1, Mortimore and Watkins refer to the way in which ...

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