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17 Mar 2011 1849204640 978-1849204644 Fourth Edition
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In her new edition of this popular book, Cathy Nutbrown presents evidence of continuity and progression in young children's thinking. She shows, with detailed observation, that they are able and active learners. She considers aspects of children's patterns of learning and thinking - or schemas - and demonstrates clearly how children learn in an active, dynamic and creative way.

This book makes schema theory explicit in practice. Supported by numerous detailed examples and the discussion of difficult theoretical issues, it illustrates children's learning in areas such as literacy, maths and science.

This new edition includes:

- discussion on the need for professional development

- changes in early years pedagogy

- more discussion of theories of learning in relation to curriculum and teaching practices

- new examples of children's drawings

- new suggestions for using stories to support schemas.

Threads of Thinking is for early years practitioners who wish to support and develop children's learning.

Professor Cathy Nutbrown is Director of Studies in Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Fourth Edition edition (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849204640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849204644
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 16.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the previous edition:

'Cathy Nutbrown is able to discuss difficult theoretical issues with a lightness of touch and to illustrate those issues with clear observations from children. Accessibility is combined with depth. The scope of the book is comprehensive but detailed. She covers most of the early education issues of the day in ways that will encourage professionals to develop a more coherent and meaningful pedagogy than exists at the present time' - Chris Athey

About the Author

Professor Cathy Nutbrown is Head of the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, where she teaches and researches in the field of early childhood education.

Cathy began her career as a teacher of young children and has since worked in a range of settings and roles with children, parents, teachers, and other early childhood educators. Cathy is committed to finding ways of working ‘with respect’ with young children, and sees the concept of quality in the context of what it means to develop curriculum and pedagogy in the early years with the ambition of working in a climate of ‘respectful education’.

She established the University of Sheffield MA in Early Childhood Education in 1998 and a Doctoral Programme in Early Childhood Education in 2008. In 2010 she contributed to the Tickell Review of the Early Years Foundation In June 2012 she reported on her year-long independent review for government on early years and childcare qualifications (The Nutbrown Review). She is Editor-in-Chief of the SAGE Journal of Early Childhood Research and author of over fifty publications on aspects of early childhood education.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
If you are interested in understanding the behaviour and interests of young children this is the place to start! Cathy Nutbrown draws upon her own extensive experience of working with children and Early Years Practitioners to demystify the concept of 'Schemas'. These are recognisable patterns of behaviour which indicate how children are making the connections neccessary for the development of thought and understanding. The extensive illustrations and jargon free text make this an excellent text for students, parents and workers who wish to be more closely in tune with young children. It is the book that I most often lend or recommend to Early Years colleagues and students
Seriously interested readers will almost certainly also wish to read the seminal work of Chris Athey (1990) Extending Thought in Young Children: A Parent -Teacher Partnership, published by Paul Chapman, London.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, easy to use and dip into 12 July 2004
I haven't read a lot about Schemas-this book is a great introduction.It is easy to understand and I have shared it with others within the Foundation Stage.
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A very useful book. I refer to it all the time. Worth buying.
Book arrived really fast. completely happy purchasing from Amazon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful information on schematic play 25 July 2011
I did find this book informative and helpful during the 1st year of my foundation degree in childrens early years education,and used it as reference in a couple of assignments. I really liked the Again,Again book on schematic play which helped me with an assignment and powerpoint presentation.I found it easier to read then the Nutbrown but not so in depth.
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