Jan 26, 2024 • 40 Mins min read
Join us as we explore the intricacies of how little ones develop their gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
Jan 15, 2024 • 55 mins min read
With several 'low key' but significant and impactful amendments to the EYFS coming into play as of last week (the 4th Jan 2023) it's crucial everyone within the industry is up to date and has a plan of action to swiftly tick the boxes necessary to comply with the changes.
In this class you'll get the opportunity to explore education and ideas of teaching through the eyes of American philosopher John Dewey. John Dewey outwardly opposed the educational systems and methods of teaching typically found across the United States of American during the first half of the twentieth century. Instead Dewey advocated for teaching methods based upon the ideas of democracy and democratic principles. As a result, Dewey pushed to the educational forefront principles such as critical thinking, reflective learning, social learning and believed that deep and meaningful questions of society should never be viewed as 'already answered'. Take this class today for a rare insight into an educational philosophy the shook the western world and has inspired many principles that are still popular within education today!
1. The Foundation of John Dewey's 'Progressive Education'11:23
To begin this class join Ben in analysing the educational system that still stands today, as well as, the basic premise of John Dewey's theoretical concepts, his ideas around progressive education and the context within which his ideas came to life.
2. The Art of Educational Reflection07:10
In lesson two you'll jump into the concept of reflective practice and the role cognitive thought processing plays in early years education. Challenging children to take part in deeper thought isn't something we usually consider, but in this video we're going to explore the why and how behind reflective practice within our educational curriculum.
3. Social Learning In The Early Years09:25
This lesson explores another major component of John Dewey's ideas and overall theoretical principles as you'll cover the idea of social learning. For Dewey social learning is born from his democratic foundations and political ideology, however the ideas and theories he presents still hold weight and importance within modern societies.
4. The Role of Children's Interests07:32
In this final lesson you'll investigate the important role a child's interests play in developing an educational curriculum and more efficiently developing young children. Now this idea would have been seen as being a lot more radical at the time of his work, but still today it's important to discuss the important role children's interests play in curriculum and environment development.
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