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Developing Learning in Early Childhood

Developing Learning in Early Childhood

First Edition
  • Tina Bruce - Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Roehampton

February 2004 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book shows how adults can support children and actively help them develop their learning in early childhood. Drawing on traditional approaches and recent research and theories, the author effectively demonstrates the need for a balance between the biological and socio-cultural aspects of the development of learning. The author draws on a wide range of examples from practitioners, including nursery teachers, health visitors, community workers, in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Features include:

  • Developing Learning. What does it mean?
  • Active learning by doing real things
  • How Language helps the development of learning
  • Developing creativity and imagination
  • The importance of embracing diversity and inclusion principles
Holistic Services for Whole Children

How Does Learning Develop?
Mind and Brain
A Sense of Self
Social and Cultural Development
Doing Real Things
Why Is Play Important?
The Essentials of Play
Using Symbols
Learning in Childhood and Beyond
Charlie's Day


Good reading list addition for general reference - easy read for students that struggle with academic texts

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
June 27, 2018

I ordered this book after attending a conference at CLPE in which Tina Bruce spoke about developing learning in early childhood.
The text really helps to reinforce the importance of those early years, and the book itself is both an easy and enjoyable, as well as critically informative, read. The content is well laid out and adds relative depth of discussion to the individual topic; the chapter on 'Mind and Brain' is particularly enlightening. Sound examples from practice make this book engaging throughout.

Mrs Nicola Sperrin
Education and Community, University College Birmingham
March 18, 2016

Highly accessible text with relevant case studies. Pleasing to see theory which supports the early year’s practitioner understanding. Good text for level 4 students. Chapter 2 – easy to read information on neuroscience and brain development, clear links made via case studies to show how children learn and develop. I will be recommending this text to my early childhood education students.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Metro Univ.
September 7, 2014

I decide not to teach creativity for the coming semester but later on when I offer this course I would definitely to think about using this book as additional book.

Professor Asiye Kumru
Psychology , Ozyegin University
December 18, 2012

Very relevant to teaching assistants.

Mrs Clare Hallam
Health, education and social care, Barnet College
September 6, 2012

Tina Bruce is a fantastic author, who always produces well written and accessable reads. this book is a good overview on how adults can support children and encourage their development. good chapters on the importance of play together with theories.
This bbok would be good for level 2 and 3 sudents studying childcare also.

Mrs Helen Middleton
Caring, Cardiff and Vale College
July 17, 2012

Recommended to students who have found really useful

Mrs Kate James
Health and Social Care, Barnet College
April 30, 2012

Excellent resource covering at least 3 units of the new qualification.

Tina Bruce's style aids the learners understanding.

Mrs Sharon Lock
Comm, Adult Education Centre
March 7, 2012

Layout of chapters attractive for the learner. The 'In practice' sections at end of chapters are thought provoking for the learner. The chapters on play are particularly good without overburdening the learner.

Ms Miriam Verling
Childcare Department, College of Commece
July 29, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file of Chapter 6

Tina Bruce

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