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Young Children's Thinking

Young Children's Thinking

November 2012 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This is a book to be treasured. This deeply respected pioneer brings together major research literature, theoretical understanding and practical help. She does so in a way that demonstrates her love and commitment in working with young children and helping them to have rich lives intellectually and with personal fulfillment'
-Professor Tina Bruce CBE

'What comes through is weighty warmth. The weight of research and experience coupled with the warmth of the fascination of children's development over Marion's professional and personal lifetime'
-Professor Mick Waters, Wolverhampton University

'This highly knowledgeable yet accessible book will be hugely valuable for all those who care deeply about young children's learning and development'
-Liz Roberts, Editor, Nursery World

'A tour de force which has the potential to change practice and thinking about early childhood'
-Helen Moylett, Early Learning and Consultancy, President of Early Education

Clearly linking theory and practice, this highly accessible book will be valuable to practitioners, teachers and students. The author explores the development of children's thinking from 0-7 years, and how this affects home, Early Years settings and schools.

The book includes:

- case studies

- professional checkpoints to help reflection

- practical suggestions

- guidance on involving parents

- suggested reading

- questions for discussion.

It will be a great asset for students on Early Years Foundation Degrees, Initial Teacher Education and Early Childhood Studies courses.

The reader can access additional web resources here

Marion Dowling works as a trainer and consultant in the UK and overseas, and is Vice President of Early Education, a national charity.

Thinking about Young Children Thinking
Thinking about Young Children's Thinking
Early Thoughts: Babies' and Infants' Thinking from Birth to Three Years
How Close Adults Can Support Babies' and Infants' Thinking
Playing with Thoughts and Ideas: Young Children's Thinking three to five Years
How Close Adults Can Support Young Children's Thinking three to five Years
Brimming with Thoughts at Home and in School: Children's Thinking five to seven Years
How Close Adults Can Support Children's Thinking during the Early School Years

an excellent all round book which I will be recommending to my students on more than one module

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester University
November 11, 2013

This is an insightful text which explores children’s thinking development with effective and understandable references to theory. There are case studies and professional check points which provide students the opportunity to reflect on how they promote children’s thinking in their professional role.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Education, Carshalton College
November 6, 2013

Excellent book which looks at children's thinking. The creative section is an excellent read.

Mrs Rachael Wilson
Education , Tyne Metropolitan College
June 28, 2013

A wonderful book for all who really care about young children and how they develop and learn. Recommended for Foundation Degree students.

AACATS, Ystrad Mynach College
June 24, 2013

This book has a helpful format that smoothly balances theoretical perspectives with practical implications. Furthermore addressing different age groups is also valuable.
It will appeal to a wide range of readers as it touches on some quite challenging theories that can be followed up for those keen to develop/deepen their understanding.
It will contribute to students' critical thinking as at times the text explores some quite sensitive or controversial themes, e.g. Gerba p65.
There is a strong and up-to-date research basis that also touches on some international views.
The Intentions and Summary sections are comprehensively exploratory informing readers of the content. The Reflective points are pitched well too to encourage some effective reflection and professional consideration.
I will recommend this book for additional reading on both PGCE and UG courses, especially those exploring child development or creativity/problem solving.

Mrs Sheena Smart
Education, Brighton University
June 23, 2013

suggested to course leader

Miss Anita Chamberlain
Faculty of Education (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
April 9, 2013

This will become a recommended reading text on modules in our Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support. The focus on thinking skills is welcome.

Karen Lockney
Faculty of Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
February 19, 2013

This book has very cleverly woven together both deep theory and good practice. For Foundation Degree students and students on placements this is the ideal combination.
Marion Dowling's style is genuine and enthusiastic, which is perfect for motivating and inspiring students. I'm thrilled to be able to take this book to the students this semester (good timing!)

Mrs Kathy Brodie
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
January 7, 2013

An interesting book which challenges the reader to consider childrens views

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
January 4, 2013

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