Inclusion in the Early Years: Critical Analyses and Enabling Narratives

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9781412908139: Inclusion in the Early Years: Critical Analyses and Enabling Narratives

This book identifies and discusses key research studies of inclusion in the early years. Drawing on studies of practitioners′ views and experiences of working inclusively, authors Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Clough show how practices in a range of early years settings can be influenced by the attitudes and responses of practitioners. The authors demonstrate how discussion of inclusion need not be limited to issues affecting children with learning difficulties or impairment, but should address factors affecting all members of the learning community. The book highlights elements which can make inclusion successful including curriculum and pedagogy, professional development, and work with parents. The authors review a number of international studies and present original research into practitioners′ attitudes and practices. Views of parents, children, and practitioners are also presented.

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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.

Review:

′ This is a book for those who want to find more, to broaden their own perceptions and understanding of inclusion and to base their own practice on research, and as such would interest and inform any practitioner from managers to students.′-

Early Years Update

′This text is a ′must buy′ for anyone interested in inclusive education in the early years... A particular strength of the book is the way in which the everyday experiences of children, parents and practitioners are discussed in relation to educational theory... Perhaps the greatest strength of the book though, lies in the way that ideas are based on research findings are presented so clearly. It will almost certainly be nominated for this year′s NASEN/TES academic book award and deservedly so′ - SENCO Update

′Refreshingly, in this book, inclusion is not about a narrow group of students defined as ′special′ but about increasing the participation of everybody involved in early years settings. It is about reducing the exclusion of all children, their families and communities. It is also about the practitioners who work with them, whose involvement in decisions in their own workplace is critical if they are to support the participation of children. It is rich with experience, from the UK and internationally, building up an understanding of education from stories of encounters with children and their families. This book will help readers to escape from the confines of considering children, and the difficulties they encounter, through the constricting and distorting lens of special educational needs′ - Tony Booth, Professor of Inclusive and International Education Canterbury Christ Church University

′Fascinating reading ... bound to inform discussions and encourage early years practicioners to develop and reflect on their own practices ... I will be recommending this book to colleagues and adding it to my essential reading list for students′ - Nursery World

′Well-written and accessible... The book is rich with the reported experiences and ideas of educators and provides clear pointers for further research and discussion. It will serve as an excellent stimulus for educators in any early-years setting who are seeking to develop their own agreed philosophy and inclusive practices′ - Support For Learning

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