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Extending Professional Practice in the Early Years is aimed at early years practitioners engaged in on-going learning and working in a diverse range of settings. It will be of interest to those undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate training in early years, and those involved in continuing their professional development. It is a valuable and unique resource for those in the later stages of their professional development. The book encourages readers to take a critical stance in relation to a wide range of themes and issues which are reflected in the four parts of the book: - listening to children - diversity and transitions - pedagogy and practice - leadership and change. Throughout the book, authors reflect common concerns such as the rights of children, diversity and a more holistic approach to working with young children, and highlight key research in the field.
Academics, researchers, and trainers of early years practitioners provide a UK and Australian perspective on professionalism of the early years workforce. Many of the chapters openly contest policy reforms and public discourses in the field. The book begins with an overview of the growth of professionalism in the field over the last decade, then identifies some emerging themes, which are raised in subsequent chapters. The first part of the book is concerned with developing professional identities, with discussion of leaders and managers as change agents, networked leadership, and results of a 30-year research project following workers. The second part of the book reflects the emergence of new ways of thinking about professionalism; some areas examined are micro and macro level influences that shape professional identities, and the lack of men in the field. A final chapter re-examines the importance of the emotional aspects of working with young children and their families. Learning features include chapter overviews, summaries, discussion questions, and annotated lists of further reading and websites. Miller and Cable are affiliated with The Open University Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
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