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Threads of Thinking

Threads of Thinking
Schemas and Young Children's Learning

Fourth Edition

Other Titles in:
Early Childhood Education

March 2011 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In her new edition of this popular book, Cathy Nutbrown presents evidence of continuity and progression in young children's thinking. She shows, with detailed observation, that they are able and active learners. She considers aspects of children's patterns of learning and thinking - or schemas - and demonstrates clearly how children learn in an active, dynamic and creative way.

This book makes schema theory explicit in practice. Supported by numerous detailed examples and the discussion of difficult theoretical issues, it illustrates children's learning in areas such as literacy, maths and science.

This new edition includes:

- discussion on the need for professional development

- changes in early years pedagogy

- more discussion of theories of learning in relation to curriculum and teaching practices

- new examples of children's drawings

- new suggestions for using stories to support schemas.

Threads of Thinking is for early years practitioners who wish to support and develop children's learning.

Professor Cathy Nutbrown is Director of Studies in Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield.

Thinking about Young Children Learning
Some Questions about Schemas
Consistency, Continuity and Progression in Young Children's Learning
Schemas as Consistent Patterns of Behaviour: Studies of Three Children
Children's Developing Understanding of Mathematical and Scientific Ideas
Patterns of Literacy
Nourishing Children's Thinking through Stories
A Curriculum for Thinking Children
Assessment for Learning
Working with Parents

A great text for all adults working with children. Clear explanations of schemas. A must for all those directly working with young children.

Ms Allison Dunhill
Education , Hull University
March 17, 2013

Based around the concept of schemas this book uses many examples to illustrate the process of learning in small children. It is written with depth but easily understood to appeal to a wide audience and provides good recomendations for further reading at the end of every chapter.

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
January 8, 2013

This new edition provides clarity between the different roles and responsibilities such as that of educator, practitioner and/or other professional titles that sometimes cause confusion for students intending on working with children and young people. The examples also provide the necessaary link between theory and practice.

Ms Heather Allison
HALE, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
January 3, 2013

This is an interesting book to initially expose trainees to how children learn. It encourages them to think about their own role in the learning process. The case studies are valuable and the author unpicks the reasons behind the materila used.

Mrs Jennie Swift
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
July 13, 2012

this book has been used on the CACHE level 3 course and the students found it good to use. This book has been purchased within the department as well as students also buying the book

Mrs Karen Cooke
health and social care, Bolton Community College
July 6, 2012

I recommend this text for all first, second and third year undergraduate students studying Childhhod Education. It is succinctly written, easy to read yet very effective in conveying how children learn.

Mrs Kamala Peter
Department of Education, University of Johannesburg
June 25, 2012

Did not receive

Mrs Sharon Tonner
Primary Education, Dundee University
June 1, 2012

Claelry wriiten with easy to understand case studies that made the concrete link between theory and practice.

Mrs Amanda Thomas
Education, Glamorgan University
May 24, 2012

A fantastic and informative text

Mrs Michelle Williams
applied health sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
May 14, 2012

Excellent book that I will be using with my students.

Mrs Amanda Thomas
Education, Glamorgan University
May 14, 2012

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