The Thinking Child
Laying the foundations of understanding and competence
By Pamela May
Series Editor: Pamela May
Routledge – 2013 – 106 pages
Series: Foundations of Child Development
What characteristics do children need to become motivated to learn? How do children’s experiences and relationships affect their cognitive development? How do you provide learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of every child in your care?
The Thinking Child thoughtfully discusses the key principles of children’s cognitive and intellectual development alongside descriptions of everyday practice. It clearly explains the cognitive strategies that children use to learn new knowledge, the development of cognitive milestones such as symbolism, memories and the imagination, metacognition and creativity along with research into how the brain processes information.
Throughout the book, the author considers the key characteristics of effective learning and shows how play is one of the primary mechanisms that children use to access new knowledge and to consolidate their emerging ideas and concepts. These characteristics are then applied to integral aspects of early years practice to show how pracitioners can:
Emphasising the importance of understanding the theory that underpins children’s cognitive development, this accessible text shows practitioners how they can use this knowledge to provide learning opportunities that nourish children’s thinking and creative skills.
1. Setting the Scene; 2. Play, Exploring and Learning; 3. Active Learning; 4. Creating and Thinking Critically; 5. Observing and Assessing Children’s Progress; 6. Partnerships with Parents and Community; 7. Thinking Differently; 8. Thoughtful Organisation; 9. Equipped for Life, Ready for School?
Pamela May is an Early Years Consultant and a former Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.