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Pedagogy and Space: Design Inspirations for Early Childhood Classrooms

Pedagogy and Space: Design Inspirations for Early Childhood Classrooms

Author: Linda M. Zane
Product Code: 543581
ISBN: 978-1-60554-358-1
Format: Softbound
Publisher: Redleaf Press®
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The intersection of design and learning is a new and burgeoning area of interest in all levels of education. Pedagogy and Space combines architectural design information with early childhood theory to enhance children's learning and educators' experience within the space. Filled with colorful, inspiring photographs of intentionally designed spaces, you will get many ideas that can be applied to your own classroom-without needing to start from scratch or spend a lot of money. Based on the groundbreaking architectural work A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, this new resource provides an overview of important design patterns in early childhood environments. Use this book to guide changes in your space that will immediately benefit your interactions with children and improve the quality of your time together!

Softbound, 128pgs.

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by Shirley Rempel
on 1/9/2016
Wonderfully Inspiring
In this day and age of the Internet, and Pinterest, it is absolutely easy to get inspiration for designing and setting up early childhood education environments. In recent years, there has been a wide range of books and ideas that will help early childhood educators create amazing spaces for children to play and learn. What many people don't realize when they see set ups in day cares and preschools is the meaning behind those set ups. There is a reason for every piece of furniture or equipment being in a space, and placed where it is. 

Recently I read a book that explores such an idea and gives amazing inspiration to all who may read it. It was a wonderful mix of academia and inspirational full color photos of spaces from all types of early childhood education programs. Not only does the book explain the importance of design and space, but it covers the following topics:

-Making Connections (General Schemas of Connection)
-Coming and Going (Entrance and Exits)
-On The Move (Circulation)
-Let the Sunshine In (LIghting and Color)
-A Place of My Own (Room Structure)
-Be Comfortable (Seating)
-Take It Outside (Outdoor Space)

It also includes ideas of how to apply the concepts learned in the book, and tool kits (easy to reproduce) to help you set up a fantastic learning environment for children of all ages!

I am absolutely blessed to have Dr. Zane's book in my professional library and my goal is take many of the concepts from the book and apply them to my family child care program in the near future!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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Review by: Michelle Figlar, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children - October 6, 2014
Pedagogy and Space is positioned to become a required reading for all early childhood educators, administrators, and policymakers. Dr. Zane weaves child development theory into environmental planning and design. Intentionality is essential in our interactions with children and families; this book demonstrates that intentionality is also essential in our design of children's environments. As advocates, this textbook provides us the research we need to ensure that early childhood policies reflect a commitment to both teacher professional development, and in ensuring children have the opportunity to learn in environments that truly reflect the importance of the first five years of life.

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