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Dr John Siraj-Blatchford

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Looking beyond the Schema: the role of the adult in supporting children's learning in free flow play

This one day workshop introduces an entirely new approach to the presentation of Play in early years' teacher education. The model has been tested in a variety of in-service and preservice training contexts. It is grounded in the most robust contemporary research, in recent developments in the ecology of child development, embodied cognition and neuroscience. Participants will be provided with training resources that have been developed to support early years’ educators understanding of their role in providing emotional scaffolding, and in ’seeding’ children’s learning in free-flow play. The course will include presentations, practical activities and open discussion. The resources will include PowerPoint and video exemplar materials.


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Quality Education for Sustainable Citizenship in Early Childhood

Education for Sustainable Citizenship in Early Childhood recognises the interdependency of peoples within and between nations; the ecological interdependencies of the natural world; of humanity and nature; and most significantly the interdependency of adults and children. This workshop will provide a briefing on the latest developments in the theory and practice of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Early Childhood Education. Participants will also be provided with PowerPoint and video resources that have been developed to support practitioners in developing effective practice. The materials include an identification of progression in terms of curriculum and pedagogy across the early years.

The United Nations 2005 World Summit Outcome Document, refered to the "interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars" of sustainable development as social development, economic development, and environmental protection. In this training the model is elaborated to include Global Citizenship.








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