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Supporting Children's Learning

Supporting Children's Learning
A Guide for Teaching Assistants

February 2007 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Are you looking for a book that explains all the key ideas on how children learn, and how to best support children in that learning?

Covering all the major themes, this book offers:

o An introduction to the main theories of learning and development, from birth to primary;

o A chapter on brain development;

o An introduction to what motivates learners to learn, and how much learners understand about how learning takes place;

o A glossary of key terms;

o Case studies, research summaries, tasks for reflection, chapter summaries and advice on further reading.

This book will be essential reading for Teaching Assistants studying for Foundation Degrees, or for the Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification. Students on any course looking at how children learn (such as Early Childhood and teacher training courses) will likewise find this book covers all the key themes.

Lyn Overall is Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

How to Use This Book
Theory, What's That?
The Big Themes
f003 Values and Beliefs
Nativism Versus Empiricism?
Continuous or Discontinuous?
Stability or Change?
How is Theory Developed?
How is Theory Used?
Further Reading
What Is The Brain?
What Does The Brain Do?
Learning and the Brain
Brain Connections, Birth to One Year
Does The Brain Learn Some Things More Easily At Some Points?
Does The Brain Development Need A Rich And Varied Setting?
Further Reading
Sensation and Perception
Studying Perception
Making Sense
Visual Learning, Auditory Learning, Kinaesthetic Learning
Further Reading
4 - BIG THEORY 1: Skinner and the Behaviourists
What is Behaviourism?
The Behaviourists
Cat in a Box
Rat in a Box
Learning Through Imitation
Implications for Teaching
5- BIG THEORY 2: Piaget and the Constructivists
What is Constructivism?
The Work of Piaget
How Well Does This Theory Work?
Children's Social Development
What is Intelligence?
Information Processing
Implications for Teaching
6- BIG THEORY 3: Vygotsky and Social Constructivism
What is Social Constructivism?
Vygotsky's Theory
Implications for Teaching
Summary: Theories in the Classroom
What Is Learning?
Making Choices About Managing Learning
Longer Term Outcomes
What We Do To Help Learning?
Views about Learning
What Do We Mean By Managing Behaviour?
Views about Children and Young People
The Outcomes of Control and Guidance Approaches to Discipline
What Do We Do About Social and Emotional Development
Do Children and Young People Understand Social Behaviour?
Learning from Parents
Our Expectations about Conduct
Using Control Approaches
Praise and Blame
Do Control Approaches Work?
Using the Guidance Approach

This book is also worth reading,it tells you dirfferent ways of learning and how to reflect on what yo have done yourself.

Mrs Kerin Mould
tea, Tameside College
September 28, 2011

An excellent book for both level 2 and 3 students. This book gives clear facts and information to supplement underpinning knowledge. It has a very good reading list for level 3's to help them with their independent research. An easy book to read without feeling that you are studying! Very few books seem to be specifically targetted towards the Teaching assistants and this gives very clear examples of practice that they can relate to.

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
September 22, 2010

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