After completing this module, you will have an understanding of
- the development of the brain between birth and six years
- language skill development from birth
- the role of language in shaping identity, and the importance of language for children, educators and carers, and
- bilingual and multilingual language development and how to support this within ECEC.
Suitable for early childhood education and care professionals at all stages of their careers.
Completing Supporting language development in the early years will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing standard 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Courses completed after 19/3/2018 will be validated. Continue reading Supporting language development in the early years
Child Development in Educational Settings provides a comprehensive introduction to traditional and contemporary theories of development and learning in the contexts of early childhood and primary education. Drawing upon the experiences and perspectives of children, families, educators and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars, Marilyn Fleer provides insights into significant theories and approaches, including cultural-historical, constructivist, social constructivist, maturational and ecological systems. The book features four major case studies, which are revisited throughout, to examine how learning and development can be re-imagined within socially, culturally and linguistically diverse communities. This approach enables readers to use theories to analyse and measure learning and development in planning and curriculum, and to feel empowered to enact change in their educational settings. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Child Development in Educational Settings is an essential resource for pre-service teachers and professionals alike.
- Provides a fresh, new approach to studying child development and learning
- Focuses on significant contemporary theories and diverse perspectives to build a deep understanding of development and learning in culturally diverse contexts
- Four major case studies illustrate learning and development within socially, culturally and linguistically diverse communities
- End of chapter Q & A — ideal for class discussion and provide an opportunity for trainers to assess students understanding and application of content
- Scenarios throughout the text – these provide practical examples, explore common issues and problems and enable students to link theory to practice
- NEW to this edition resources for instructor’s support include testbank, additional cases, competency based activity sheets; provide homework setting options and more scenarios for students. NEW intermediate mapping grid included on instructor companion site to demonstrate the texts correlation with the competencies.
- NEW to this edition for students – student companion website – CourseMate Express with interactive labelling activities, online research activities, quizzes, provide extension activities beyond the classroom.
About the author
Karen Kearns M. Ed. (EC), B. Ed. (EC), Grad. Dip. Ed. (Spec. Ed) Dip. Teach (EC), Cert. IV Training and Assessment. Karen is an early childhood professional and CEO of International Child Care college. Karen believes that being an educator/teacher in early childhood settings is both challenging and rewarding. A long-time advocate for educators, Karen is passionate about the importance of supporting educators in their critical role with young children and families.
About the authors
Terry Russell is emeritus professor at the University of Liverpool. He is a psychologist by background and training with a special interest in cognitive development as applied to the learning of science at all ages, but especially the younger age range. He taught in primary and secondary special needs schools and worked as an educational psychologist before finding opportunities into move into research. He has worked in Southeast Asia and Africa and at King’s College, London and directed the Centre for Research in Primary Science and Technology at the University of Liverpool for over twenty years. He has directed national and international projects and published extensively. This book reflects his commitment to evidence-based activity that improves teachers’ and pupils’ educational experiences, where theory informs practice through practical and accessible applications.
Dr Linda McGuigan has an established record of research into the emergence and development of science understanding in the Early Years. Formerly a primary teacher and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Primary Science and Technology at the University of Liverpool, Linda has conducted and managed research into children’s conceptual development in science, assessment and curriculum development. Attracting national and international interest, her work has been funded by national assessment and curriculum agencies. She has co-authored a number of books, reports, articles and digital and hard copy materials to support Early Years practice. Focusing on children’s conceptual progression, she brings a developmental perspective to science learning, teaching and assessment. Linda’s PhD investigated the impact of multimodal approaches on children’s science learning. Multimodal learning continues to be an important feature of her research and professional development activities.
In the Beginning: The brain, early development and learning explores, synthesises and distils current knowledge of child development at the cutting edge of neuroscientific research.
With exceptional clarity, the author draws on empirical evidence to explain the brain’s remarkable capacity to change. From pre-conception to birth, and throughout the preschool and early school years, the importance of the environment and, most crucially, the presence of nurturing relationships will powerfully impact children’s lives. These critical factors will influence the innate ability of children to regulate their emotional responses, develop language skills, form social connections and fulfil their potential.
At once compelling and authoritative, In the Beginning provides a wealth of information for a diverse readership—including early childhood educators, health professionals, teachers and parents—with a shared interest in how the brain evolves, and how life’s experiences can dramatically shape the child.
The ECA Professional Learning Bundles are designed as blended, flexible and self-passed professional learning packages that can be utilised by individuals or teams. Publications can be shared with families and across educator’s teams, webcasts can be viewed with whole teams in staff meetings and online learning modules can be utilised by individual educators. Once purchased services will have access to the online learning for 12 months and will also gain access to the ECA Learning Management System (LMS) to track professional learning and download or print completion certificates. Publications are the services to keep and can be revisited over and over supporting learning and building understanding over time.
Technology and digital media in the early years provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age.
Technology and digital media in the early years puts educators right at the intersections of early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, children’s media research, teacher education, and professional development practices. Based on current research, this book outlines promising programs and a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education.
Pedagogical principles, classroom practices, and teaching strategies are presented in a practical, straightforward way informed by child development theory and research on effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology in early childhood settings. A companion website, click here, provides additional resources and links to further illustrate principles and best practices for teaching and learning in the digital age.