Understanding Children's Learning

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September 2003



Structured to support teaching assistants, this pioneering textbook provides an academic underpinning to each of the key topics studied. The book: develops the theoretical knowledge needed to enhance work in the classroom; encourages students to reflect on their own practice; is in an ideal textbook format - full of tasks, questions, summaries and reading lists; and covers both primary and secondary years. Practical, easy-to-read and written specifically for teaching assistants, this book is also applicable for any trainee teachers or students of education.


Introduction; how children think and learn; key skills; managing change through study; factors influencing motor development; out of the mouths and minds of babes: language acquisition and development; children and numeracy; an introduction to science and technology; "Mind the gap"; creativity and learning; educating all - towards inclusive classroom practice for children with special educational needs; managing behaviour for learning; gender issues in education; citizenship.


Colin Lever has spent all of his teaching career in mainstream schools that have contained a high percentage of challenging children. As both a teacher and head of faculty he has been an advocate of a child centred approach to teaching and learning, playing an active part in 'turning around' two failing schools, both of which were inclusive in their philosophy. Following a secondment in 1988 he worked with a colleague from the Special Needs sector to set up an integration project that gave children with severe learning difficulties access to mainstream education and the National Curriculum. The project received national acclaim and established itself as one of the longest running integration project of its type at the time. Colin has written extensively over the past twenty years for all Key Stages, principally in the areas of Science and Technology. At present Colin is employed as a behaviour 'specialist' in a mainstream school, working as part of an S.E.B.D and M.A.S.T team. He works with challenging children and advises colleagues and senior management and the LEA on all aspects of behavioural management in order to facilitate inclusion.


"This well-thought-out textbook aims to support teaching assistants studying for a foundation degree. It develops the theoretical knowledge needed to enhance work in the classroom, encouraging students to reflect on their own practice. It's practical and easy to read... I would recommend this book to anyone doing the foundation degree." Gill Hanrahan, Teaching Assistant, Walgrave Primary School, Northants, in Learning Support, Summer Term 2, 2006
EAN: 9781843120698
ISBN: 1843120690
Untertitel: A Text for Teaching Assistants. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 176 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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