Time travel, kaleidoscopes and a hat shop

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In this chapter you will find: Some existing models and ideas about the identities and roles of a reception teacher, along with some new ways of looking at the roles to support a personally negotiated understanding. Drawing on Bronfenbrenner’s theory, receptions teachers are located in the multi-layered ecological systems. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs inspired the ‘hierarchy of the heart and the head’ model, which identifies essential attributes of reception teachers. Reception teachers’ identities and roles are also examined in the context of a child-centred pedagogical approach and care-full practice where professional love for children has its place. Finally, this chapter is concluded by a discussion of the social construction of the teaching role that is unique to this age group and the different hats teachers wear in line with the different roles they fulfil in children’s daily lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Multiple Identities of the Reception Teacher: Pedagogy and Purpose
EditorsAnna Cox, Gillian Sykes
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781473959521
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2016


  • Early years
  • Reception teaching
  • pedagogy
  • teacher professionalism


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  • Sage Publications (Publisher)

    Anna Cox (Editor) & Gillian Sykes (Editor)

    9 Jul 2016

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