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Authors: Iram Siraj, Denise Kingston and Edward Melhuish
Publisher: UCL IOE Press
Size: 30 Mb
"Assessing Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being (SSTEW) Scale for 2–5-year-olds Provision" is a specialized textbook designed to provide educators, caregivers, and researchers in the field of early childhood education with a comprehensive framework for assessing and improving the quality of early childhood education and care programs.
The book focuses on a specific assessment tool, the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being (SSTEW) Scale, which is designed for evaluating the provision of education and care for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.
Key Features of the Textbook:
1. Introduction to SSTEW Scale:
The textbook introduces the SSTEW Scale, explaining its theoretical foundations, development, and the rationale behind its use. It may provide a historical context for the scale and its significance in the assessment of early childhood education quality.
2. Understanding Sustained Shared Thinking:
The book delves into the concept of sustained shared thinking, emphasizing the importance of interactive and engaging discussions between educators and children. It may explore how sustained shared thinking fosters cognitive development, problem-solving skills, and language acquisition in young children.
3. Emotional Well-being in Early Childhood:
Emotional well-being is a crucial aspect of early childhood development. The textbook discusses theories related to emotional development, social interactions, and the role of educators in promoting emotional well-being among young children.
4. Practical Application of the SSTEW Scale:
The book provides practical guidance on how to use the SSTEW Scale effectively. This includes detailed explanations of the scale's components, scoring criteria, and real-life examples of its application in different early childhood settings.
5. Assessment and Improvement Strategies:
The textbook offers strategies for educators and administrators to assess the quality of their early childhood education programs using the SSTEW Scale. It includes tips on identifying areas for improvement and implementing evidence-based practices to enhance the educational experience for young learners.
6. Case Studies and Examples:
To provide context and practical insights, the book includes case studies, examples, and scenarios from real early childhood education settings. These examples illustrates successful implementation of sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being practices.
7. Collaboration and Communication Skills:
Educators often need to collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues, parents, and other stakeholders. The textbook emphasizes the importance of teamwork, communication skills, and collaborative efforts in creating a nurturing and stimulating early childhood learning environment.
8. Research and Evaluation:
The book discusses research methodologies related to assessing the impact of sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being practices on children's development. It explores the outcomes of studies and evaluations conducted using the SSTEW Scale.
9. Continuous Professional Development:
Educators' professional growth is essential for maintaining high-quality early childhood education. The textbook includes information on professional development opportunities, workshops, and resources for educators to enhance their skills and knowledge in line with SSTEW principles.
10. Practical Tools and Resources:
The textbook offers practical tools, checklists, and resources that educators can use to implement sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being practices in their classrooms. These resources aids in self-assessment, goal setting, and ongoing improvement efforts.