Educating the Whole Child
Cross Curricular Skills, Themes and Dimensions
This book approaches the 'delivery' of the cross curricular skills, themes and dimensions from a perspective emphasizing the culture of primary schools and the social worlds of children. The authors argue that the teaching of skills, attitudes, concepts and knowledge to young children should not be seen as separate or alternative objectives, but rather as complementary and essential elements of the educational process. It is the teacher's role to help children develop and build upon the understandings, skills, knowledge and attitudes which they bring with them into school. Learning for young children is a social activity where new skills and understandings are gained through interaction with both adults and with their peers. Each of the approaches outlined in the book is thus grounded in an essential respect and empathy for children and childhood as a distinct stage in life and not merely a preparation for the world of adulthood. For instance, the authors argue that responsibilities and decision-making are everyday experiences for children and that they need to be able to develop attitudes and skills which enable them to participate fully in their own social world.
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"...provides a challenging agenda for primary schools. Theeditors and contributors have provided both a theoretical and very practical guide for what has been a wasteland of misunderstood, fragmented, barely implemented issues marginalised beyond the basic curriculum...This is a timely book and it should be welcomed into every primary school." - Education Now "...useful as a starting point for initial teacher education students and for continuing professional development because it contains a rich mixture of practical examples and debate on values and principles." - Early Years Journal