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Postscript: democratic reflective practice in the early years

Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna (2007). Postscript: democratic reflective practice in the early years. In: Paige-Smith, Alice; Craft, Anna and Craft, Michael eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. Buckingham, UK: Open University Press / McGraw Hill, pp. 179–186.

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[Book summary] Reflective practice is a vital aspect of working with young children and enables a deeper understanding of their learning and development. Whilst there is a long tradition among early childhood practitioners of closely observing children's learning so as to nurture and stimulate their development, they are increasingly expected to reflect on their own practice in a variety of ways, in order to enhance their professional development and improve their practice.This book supports early years practitioners in articulating and understanding their own practice in greater depth, exploring some ways in which they can be encouraged to engage in reflecting on their practice. The book will help early years practitioners develop their reflective skills, enabling them to confidently articulate their practice, values and beliefs.It offers opportunities to reflect on how theory, research and policy relate to distinct understandings of children's development and learning. By exploring different ways of understanding their own practice and linking this with theory and policy, practitioners are enabled to think about ways of improving. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Yearsis essential reading for all early years practitioners working in early years settings for children aged 0-8 years, including nurseries, children's centres and schools.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2008 Alice Paige-Smith and Anna Craft
ISBN: 0-335-22277-3, 978-0-335-22277-3
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 16711
Depositing User: Wendy Hunt
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 15:44
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:24
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