Thinking Critically about Environments for Young Children

Thinking Critically about Environments for Young Children

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This comprehensive book will help early childhood practitioners consider the qwhyq and qhowq of setting up classrooms and other learning spaces to create environments that are most conducive to child development. Using a practice-based focus and a researcher lens, the contributors consider the ways in which enviroments for children enhance or diminish educational experiences, how social constructs about what is good for children influence environmental design, and what practitioners can do in their own work when creating learning environments for young children. There are copious examples from practice, lessons learned, and illustrations and photographs of key aspects of the environments they discuss.schools and often already have little opportunity to interact with nature and growing things. ... social interactions in the garden setting, as well as mediation by others outside of the social group (e.g., teacher, researcher, school garden coordinator). For example, the sociocultural context would include how a pair of students interact together to capture a butterfly or learn how to use a field guide to identify ananbsp;...

Title:Thinking Critically about Environments for Young Children
Author:Lisa P. Kuh
Publisher:Teachers College Press - 2014-06-13


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