Tag Archives: sociocultural education

Schemas – what are they?

Anne Meade and Pam Cubey explain: “Schemas are a form of thought that relate to cognitive structures. They are like pieces of ideas or concepts. Patterns in children’s actions, or in their drawings and paintings, indicate common themes or threads … Continue reading

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Age segregation vs mixed-age learning

I’m rather enjoying Peter Gray’s Free to Learn… consider some of what he writes on the segregation of children according to age in school: “Age segregation and lack of opportunities for free play add to the forces that work against … Continue reading

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Cultural tools, when learned, become cognitive tools

I am really enjoying Kieran Egan’s Imaginative Approach to Teaching. He writes: “Cultural tools, when learned, become cognitive tools. [-p.8] Someone invented a counting system, creating another addition to our cultural tool kit. An individual who learns that counting system acquires … Continue reading

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‘Expressions of belonging: the effect of acculturation on the rhythm and harmony of mother-infant vocal interaction’

If you like Steiner’s thinking about rhythms at all, you’ll probably like this research, too. Maya Gratier explains that: “A sense of timing is as crucial in non-verbal communication as it is in verbal communication and, for the infant, lays … Continue reading

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Fully conscious and responsible…

“It is a myth of popular psychology that our actions are initiated by ourselves, that we are fully conscious of and responsible for all that we do and intend. The truth of the matter is that most of our behaviour … Continue reading

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“learning and thinking is …a social act”

“More and more it is being recognised that much learning and thinking is not an individual activity, but a social act, intimately tied up with the web of social relationships and shared knowledge within which learners experience their world.” (20) … Continue reading

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Nordic Children’s Foodscapes

If I haven’t already said this… this is one of my favourite articles. It had a huge impact on our food curriculum: Johansson,Barbro, et al. (2009) Nordic Children’sFoodscapes Food,Culture&Society 12(1), March, pp.26-51 “A study of the different food messages that … Continue reading

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Health supportive environments, and reasonable person model

Kaplan, Stephen and Rachel Kaplan (2009) Health supportive environments, and reasonable person model American Journal of Public Health 93(9)September, pp.1484-1489 “Urban ills are all too familiar, as is their capacity to undermine health. The results of numerous studies have increased … Continue reading

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Early years education and disadvantaged children

The latest issue of Education Aotearoa has a must-read article citing Prof. Peter Gluckman. “The Prime Minister’s science advisor, Professor Peter Gluckman, says the early years are crucial for improving outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and socialisation is the … Continue reading

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An evolutionary model of child development has become normalized in ECE

“In many European heritage communities, a significant amount of programme support material available to early childhood teachers has been developed on a child development model in which social, emotional, physical and cognitive development are privileged. Of significance is the assumption … Continue reading

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