Learning to Teach in the Early Years Classroom

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Oxford University Press, 2011 - Education - 272 pages
Learning to Teach in the Early Years Classroom helps teacher education students understand the complexities of teaching in early years' classrooms. It integrates research and theory with practice through vignettes, based on authentic classroom case studies, in order to show students how educators make decisions and achieve expected outcomes. Students are further encouraged to examine teaching practices through the experiences of Sam Davis, an imagined teacher of Prep/Grade 1, in the Junior Primary team at Aubrey Primary School. Engaging and analytical the book gives voice to the many stakeholders involved in a child's development: from principles to teachers; from families and children of diverse backgrounds to pre-service teachers on field placement.

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Dr. Mindy Blaise is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Monash University. Before receiving her doctorate in early childhood education from Teachers College, Columbia University, Mindy was a kindergarten and second grade teacher in the US. Mindy's teaching and research interests are concerned with reconceptualizing the field of early childhood education.

Dr. Joce Nuttall is Associate Dean of the School of Education at Monash University. Her research interests include initial teacher education and teachers' continuing professional learning; early childhood curriculum and policy; sociocultural and cultural-historical activity theoretical analyses of collective forms of teacher knowledge and practice; and symbolic interactionism.

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