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Supporting Children's Learning
A Guide for Teaching Assistants



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

Covering all major themes, this book offers:
  • An introduction to main theories of learning and development from birth to primary including brain and emotional and social development
  • An introduction to what motivates learners to learn, and how much learners understand about how learning takes place
  • A glossary of terms
  • Case studies, research summaries and tasks for reflection
 
Teaching assistants studying for Foundation Degrees or for the Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification will find this book meets their needs. Students in any course looking at how children learn such as Early Childhood & Teacher Training Courses will likewise find this book covers all key themes.
 
How to Use This Book
 
1 - LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
 
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?
 
Summary
 
Further Reading
 
2 - THE BRAIN AND LEARNING
 
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?
 
Summary
 
Further Reading
 
3 - THE SENSES AND LEARNING
 
Sensation and Perception
 
Studying Perception
 
Seeing
 
Hearing
 
Kinaesthesia
 
Making Sense
 
Visual Learning, Auditory Learning, Kinaesthetic Learning
 
Summary
 
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
 
7 - MANAGING LEARNING
 
What Is Learning?
 
Making Choices About Managing Learning
 
Longer Term Outcomes
 
What We Do To Help Learning?
 
Views about Learning
 
8 - MANAGING BEHAVIOUR
 
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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