Thinking Critically About Environments for Young Children

Bridging Theory and Practice

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Code: TCP5176

ISBN: 9781760015176

No of Pages: 202

Publish Date: 07 April 2016

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This comprehensive book will help early childhood practitioners consider the “why” and “how” of setting up classrooms and other learning spaces to create environments that are most conducive to child development. Using a practice-based focus and a researcher lens, the contributors consider the ways in which environments for children enhance or diminish educational experiences, how social constructs about what is good for children influence environmental design and what practitioners can do in their own work when creating learning environments for young children. There are copious examples from practice, lessons learned, and illustrations and photographs of key aspects of the environments they discuss. Organised into three parts, this essential text addresses

  • aesthetics, politics and space configurations in school environments for young children
  • outdoor spaces, beginning with intentionally designed playscapes, children’s gardens and spontaneous improvisational play venues
  • the role of environments outside school, including informal learning environments that promote science knowledge, museum spaces and virtual environments.

A unique combination of the philosophical and practical aspects of formal and informal environments, this volume enables educators to create and articulate why carefully designed children’s spaces are critical to their learning and development.

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Price A$60.95
ISBN 9781760015176
Publish date 2016-04-07 00:00:00
Partner ID 20278
Partner Name Columbia Teachers College Press
Key Learning Area Cross-Curricular