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Title: Learning in Early Childhood
Authors: Stephen, Christine
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Editors: Jarvis, P
Watts, M
Citation: Stephen C (2012) Learning in Early Childhood. In: Jarvis P, Watts M (ed.). The Routledge International Handbook of Learning. Routledge International Handbooks of Education, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 103-111.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Series/Report no.: Routledge International Handbooks of Education
Abstract: First paragraph: There is a widespread consensus that the first five or six years of life are particularly important for children’s learning. There is evidence of rapid growth and learning from a range of disciplines, charting changes in physical, social, emotional and cognitive capacities. From neuroscience we learn about changes in the brain that speed up the passage of signals and increase the number of synaptic connections. Psychologists have identified changes in children’s cognitive capacities in the early years of life e.g. becoming able to sort, classify, sequence and use symbols, the development of meta-cognition and theory of mind. From a sociological perspective learning in the early years is often seen as a process of enculturation as children learn the ways of their families and society. But they do not just learn how to ‘fit in’, they appropriate, reinvent and contribute to cultural reproduction (Corsaro, 1997).
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in The Routledge International Handbook of Learning, ed. by P Jarvis and M Watts (2012) by Taylor and Francis:
Type: Part of book or chapter of book
Affiliation: Initial Teacher Education

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