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The shaping of young children’s early experiences prior to starting school provides ‘the initial stage of organised instruction’ of the ‘pre-primary tradition’ (Bennett, 2005: 11) in a context where education is regarded as preparation for work (DfE, 2010). Focus on ‘school readiness’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (DfE, 2012) reflects this approach, yet the EYFS (DfE, 2012) also emphasises ‘creating and thinking critically’ for children aged birth to five years (p. 7), aligning with the ‘social pedagogic tradition’ in which young children enjoy significant autonomy (Bennett, 2005). The ‘school readiness’ agenda is a government reaction to employers’ concerns (DfE, 2010): the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), 2011) expresses disquiet regarding school leavers’ abilities in literacy, mathematics and problem-solving. However, whilst there is significant focus on literacy and mathematics in the statutory EYFS (DfE, 2012), there is relatively little emphasis on problem-solving. This chapter addresses the nature of young children’s problem-solving and the thinking processes that young children may adopt to find solutions. The chapter concludes with examples of young children’s problem-solving behaviour and thinking in their settings and at home.
|Title of host publication||The New Early Years Foundation Stage: Changes, Challenges and Reflections|
|Place of Publication||Maidenhead|
|Publisher||Open University Press / McGraw Hill Education|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Sep 2013|
- Early years
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Jane Murray (Speaker)13 Sep 2016 → 15 Sep 2016
Activity: Academic Talks or Presentations › Oral presentation › Research