Chapters explore how Learning Stories:
- help make connections with families
- support the inclusion of children and family voices
- tell us stories about babies
- allow children to dictate their own stories
- can be used to revisit children's learning journeys
- can contribute to teaching and learning wisdom
This ground-breaking book expands on the concept of Learning Stories and includes examples from practice in both New Zealand and the UK. It outlines the philosophy behind this pedagogical tool for documenting how learning identities are constructed and shows, through research evidence, why the early years is such a critical time in the formation of learning dispositions.
Margaret Carr is a Professor of Education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Wendy Lee is Director of the Educational Leadership Project, New Zealand.
Providing students and practitioners with the relevant information about a key pedagogical influence on high quality early years practice in the United Kingdom, the book explores all areas of the curriculum, emphasising:
strong curriculum connections to families and the wider community;
a view of teaching and learning that focuses on responsive and reciprocal relationships with people, places and things;
a view of curriculum content as cross-disciplinary and multi-modal;
the aspirations for children to grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society;
a bicultural framework in which indigenous voices have a central place.
Written to support the work of all those in the field of early years education and childcare, this is a vital text for students, early years and childcare practitioners, teachers, early years professionals, children’s centre professionals, lecturers, advisory teachers, head teachers and setting managers.