EARLY EDUCATION LECTURES MINI SERIES

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EARLY EDUCATION

LECTURES

MINI SERIES

EARLY YEARS

FOUNDATION

STAGE

Our series of lectures aim to contextualise a range of theories which

underpin early years’ education at home and abroad. In doing so it hopes to

provide a forum in which Early Years’ teachers and other practitioners can

engage with post-graduate level thinking around pedagogy and practice.

Call 0300 111 8030 or visit www.entrust-ed.co.uk/courses

to find out more or to book your place.


BEYOND SCHEMAS:

APPLYING DEVELOPMENT

PSYCHOLOGY AND

ALTERNATIVES IN EYFS

Thursday 28 September 2015

9.30am – 12pm

Riverway Centre, Riverway,

Stafford, ST16 3TH

Places cost £99

Booking code: EYRB15269001

“Developmental psychology, more than any other variety of psychology,

has a powerful impact on our everyday lives and ways of thinking

about ourselves. Its effects are so great that they are often almost

imperceptible, taken-for-granted features about our expectations of

ourselves, others, parents, children and families” (Burman, 2008: 2)

This lecture considers where and how thinkers such as Piaget, Vygotsky,

Bruner and Bronfenbrenner ‘pop up’ in the assumptions underlying EYFS

practice, assessment and documentation. In doing so it hopes to open

a window through which we might question when, where and how their

theories remain useful and what other pedagogies we might draw upon

when working with young children in 21st century settings. There will be an

opportunity for audience questions and discussions at the end of the talk.


START FROM ART:

USING CREATIVITY TO

SUPPORT READING, WRITING

AND NUMBER IN EYFS

Thursday 15 October 2015

9.30am – 12.30pm

Riverway Centre, Riverway,

Stafford, ST16 3TH

Places cost £99

Booking code: EYRB15260001

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow

up” Pablo Picasso.

This mini lecture will look at creativity as a resource for planning crosscurricular

activities with a focus on the specific areas of literacy and maths.

It will include ideas based around Christmas and Winter Festival art, craft,

music and dance for 2 - 6 year olds. There will be opportunity for audience

questions and discussion at the end of the talk.

There is an additional evening date Thursday 12th November, 6pm to 8pm.

Booking code: EYRB15260002.


THINK, SPEAK, READ, WRITE:

THEORIES OF LANGUAGE AND

LITERACY DEVELOPMENT

Tuesday 9 February 2016

9.30am – 12.30pm

Riverway Centre, Riverway,

Stafford, ST16 3TH

Places cost £99

Booking code: EYRB15266001

“Thought development is determined by language, i.e. by the linguistic

tools of thought and by the sociocultural experience of the child.”

(Vygotskii, 1962:51)

At the heart of Vygotskii’s writings sits the notion of thought and speech

development as separate but interdependent. Thus language can be

described as a social, rather than a purely intellectual, phenomenon.

This lecture considers how we might take these and other linguistic theories

to create a rich and playful approach to the language and literacy learning in

early years’ settings. There will be an opportunity for audience questions and

discussion at the end of the talk.


RESEARCH AND THE EARLY

YEARS’ TEACHER:

READING AND DOING

RESEARCH IN EY EDUCATION

Thursday 10 March 2016

9.30am – 12.30pm

Riverway Centre, Riverway,

Stafford, ST16 3TH

Places cost £99

Booking code: EYRB15267001

“How can professionals be ‘research engaged’ in a way that is both

manageable and also sufficiently robust to effect real change?“

(Baumfield et al, 2008:3)

The focus of this lecture is on types of research, particularly Participant

Action Research (PAR), which has the potential to enhance our

understandings of our own early years’ practice and thereby support and

extend traditional data collection.

It will look at framing relevant research questions, using different

methodological approaches and the notion of action research cycles.

Conclusions will be drawn on the possible impacts on both individual

teaching and EYFS leadership. There will be an opportunity for audience

questions and discussion at the end of the talk.


BOY FRIENDLY, GIRL

FRIENDLY, CHILD FRIENDLY:

REVISITING ISSUES OF EQUALITY

AND ACHIEVEMENT IN EYFS

Thursday 21 April 2016

9.30am – 12.30pm

Riverway Centre, Riverway,

Stafford, ST16 3TH

Places cost £99

Booking code: EYRB16265001

“For many years there has been acknowledgement that even very young

children have awareness that colour, language, gender and physical

ability are connected to privilege and power.”

(Derman’Sparks, 1989; Weinraub et al, 1984)

The world of today is very different from that of the 1980s but concerns

over who plays with what, subject bias and gender influenced behaviours

persist. The lecture takes a perspective which keeps in mind the idea that

there are many childhoods (Burman, 2008; James and Prout, 1997) and that

identity is a social construct which is neither fixed nor pre-ordained but is a

product of time and place.

Addressing theory and practice the talk will look at books and resources for

2-6 year olds which might be used to promote anti-discriminatory practices

in early childhood education. There will be opportunity for audience

questions and discussion at the end of the talk.


HOW MIGHT WE

LEARN TOGETHER?

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Thursday 30 June 2016

9.30am – 12.30pm

Riverway Centre, Riverway,

Stafford, ST16 3TH

Places cost £99

Booking code: EYRB16268001

“Early childhood institutions are socially constructed. They have no

inherent features, no essential qualities, no necessary purposes. What

they are for, the question of their role and purpose is not self-evident.

They are what we, ‘as a community of human agents’ make them”.

Dahlberg, Moss and Pence (2007:63)

Thick and thin tendrils of thought on early education reach across from Europe and

North America to be reinterpreted in light of British provision and experiences so

that practitioners may cite Scandinavian practices as an ideal whilst continuing to

draw on American approaches such as those behind High Scope (Weikart et al.,

1978) and Head Start (Schneider et al., 2007).

This talk takes the opportunity to review the latest thinking and research into Early

Years Education from around the world. There will be opportunity for audience

questions and discussion at the end of the talk.


Call 0300 111 8030 or visit www.entrust-ed.co.uk/courses

to find out more or to book your place.

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