Constructing Learner Identities in Early Education
- Margaret Carr - Waikato University, New Zealand
- Wendy Lee - Director of the Educational Leadership Project, New Zealand
Assessment | Early Childhood Assessment | Early Childhood Education
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.
'Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee weave together a powerful book full of respect for children's ideas, interests and identities as learners. Using theoretically informed and practically focused discussion and examples, they provide extensive evidence of the role of narrative assessment as teachers, children and families co-construct stories of competence'
- Sue Dockett, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Murray School of Education, Charles Sturt University
'What a fabulous read! Any practitioner already engaged in collating learning stories or learning journeys as a means of recording children's achievements and progress should absorb this life-enriching read of a beautiful book'
-Early Years Educator
'Illustrated in colour, this is a fascinating and timely book which will make rewarding reading for both experienced practitioners and for students on degree and higher degree level courses. There is much here to think about, reflect upon and discuss as we endevour to equip young children with the skills and dispositions they need to live in a global democratic society'
- Early Years Update
This text offers the students selecting to focus on this aspect of the course some clear ideas on learning stories with practical applications through case study.
The photographs in this book really enhance the text and also link it well to practice. The boxes give useful case studies.
Very useful background. Helps student practitioners understand the rationale behind using learning jouneys for their key children.
Excellent book that utilized really cases and stories so that students can follow and understand the authors points. Highly recommended
Excellent book that utilized really cases and stories so that students can follow and understand the authors points. Highly recommended.
Will be introducing the concept of Learning Stories to students as an innovative new way to observe children. Fantastic
ESSENTIAL reading for all early years practitioners who are engaged in meaningful assessments of the children in their care. Wonderful colour illustrations that truly support understanding of the rich stories that children bring to their learning experiences. Influences not just our own view but how we influence how others view children. So passionate about the concept of stories and story telling a must for the shelves of any early years practitioner.
Essential for those who follow the comparative element of this module.
Margaret Carr & Wendy Lee are an inspiration to practitioners and students alike. The book is a great guide, it outlines the philosophy of learning stories and supports this with examples, colour photographs and research. A great resource and inspiration to develop good practice with practitioners and in settings.