Young Children Learning. 2nd Edition. Understanding Children's Worlds

  • ID: 2248115
  • Book
  • 264 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The second edition of this best–selling text includes a new introduction by Judy Dunn and offers the reader a fascinating account of an unusual research project that challenges many assumptions about how young children learn and how best to teach them. In particular it turns upside–down the commonly held belief that professionals know better than parents how to educate and bring up children; and it throws doubt on the theory that working–class children underachieve at school because of a language deficit at home. The authors′ evidence is the children′s own conversations which are quoted extensively and are delightful. Their account raises important issues about nursery schools and how they affect some children; and it persuades us, above all, to value parenting more highly, and to have fresh respect for the intellectual capabilities of young minds. This book will appeal to a wide readership, including early years professionals, developmental psychologists, and the parents of young children.
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Foreword Judy Dunn vii

Preface xiii

1. Why we studied children learning 1

2. How we carried out this study 11

3. Learning at home: play, games, stories and lessons 22

4. Learning at home: living and talking together 54

5. The puzzling mind of the four–year–old 80

6. Working–class verbal deprivation: myth or reality? 107

7. An afternoon with Donna and her mother 132

8. How the children fared at nursery school 148

9. The working–class girls, including Donna, at school 179

10. The gap between home and nursery school 197

11. Young children learning 209

Statistical appendix 227

Notes 236

Index of children 241

General index 242

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