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1.3.10 Official publications

It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the plethora of green and white papers, reports of advisory committees, guidance notes and circulars relating to education. You may be able to get access to some of them via the websites of relevant government departments and committees.

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6.1 Knowledge and society

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.

Sir Isaac Newton (Letter to Robert Hooke, 1676)

At the foreground of this final part of the unit is one of its more important themes – that knowledge is something held, developed and perpetuated both by and in the context of communities, societies and cultures. Newton's declaration to Hooke (above
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4.1 From awareness to understanding

In this section the mathematical content is more obvious as we talk explicitly about what it means to know and to think in mathematics. We will also address your own personal knowledge in the subject.

Like any other activity, doing and learning mathematics involves:

  • using and adapting existing knowledge;

  • acquiring and constructing new knowledge through thinking and learning;

  • building up links that enable known t
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1.2 What the unit is about

This unit is about the ways in which we come to know and make sense of the world, in particular how we do this using the media of language, mathematics and science.

There are many possible theoretical positions which can be taken towards early years curricula. Some people, for example, think of children as ‘empty vessels’ which can be ‘filled’ with knowledge that is transmitted to them by adults. This view has been associated with a behaviourist approach to teaching and l
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5.1 Thinking about successful teamworking

Activity 7

0 hours 40 minutes

The objective of this activity is:

  • to think about your practice in relation to working with other professionals.
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2.2 Thinking about core values underpinning your work with other professionals

Activity 3

0 hours 40 minutes

The objective of this activity is:

  • to examine your own practice in relation to working with parents and other pr
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Learning outcomes

By the end of this unit you should have:

  • examined your own practice in relation to working with other professionals in order to make your underpinning knowledge, values and beliefs explicit;

  • used a variety of ‘tools’ to examine the knowledge, values and beliefs underpinning your practice;

  • identified contradictions between your underpinning knowledge, values and beliefs and your practice;

  • seen where you might want to develop your p
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Acknowledgements

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Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this unit:

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3.4 Evolving roles in teaching

The impact of the expanding contribution of teaching assistants on the teacher's role is generally recognised as being positive. It is worth acknowledging, however, that many teachers have had to make adjustments to their practice in order to work with teaching assistants as team colleagues. Despite the presence of assistants in primary schools, the focus of much initial teacher training is on teachers working in classrooms on their own rather than as collaborators with other adults. While th
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3.1 What is the value of teaching assistants?

Hilary Cremin et al. (2003) in their evaluation of the ways in which teachers and teaching assistants can work together in teams, suggest that, while there is enthusiasm for additional support, little attention is given to how this actually works in classrooms. It is true that learning support staff have been introduced into classrooms without clear research evidence that they can make a difference to children's learning, but then life often moves faster than the supply of research evidence.<
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1.6 Teaching assistants in Europe

Teaching assistants and other related learning support staff are also to be found in the schools for children of British armed forces posted overseas, in the schools of other European countries and, indeed, further afield in countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia. A survey conducted by the National Union of Teachers (NUT, 1998) highlighted some interesting support roles found in European schools, and it is worthwhile to consider these in the light of the developing role of teaching a
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1.4 Ways of working and contributing

The physical design of most primary schools certainly reflects the expectation that teachers work in classrooms with large numbers of children. In fact, given their large classes, most schools feel quite crowded. The employment of teaching assistants has doubled the number of adults working in some classrooms and, as Schlapp and Davidson note in the pdf document attached in Author(s): The Open University

Nuevo vocabulario relacionado con el tono de un cuento

Actividad 22

En esta actividad podrá aprender nuevo vocabulario relacionado con el tono de un cuento y también identificará el tono de Apocalipsis.

Click 'view document' to open ‘Apocalipsis' de Marco Denevi


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Distintos tipos de artesanía

Actividad 16

En esta actividad va a poder hablar de distintos tipos de artesanía.

1 Relacione las siguientes artesanías con los materiales que se utilizan para elaborarlas. ¡Ojo!, tenga en cuenta que varias artesanías pu
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El arte conceptual

Actividad 11

En esta actividad va a estudiar más a fondo el arte conceptual.

  1. Si usted sabe mucho sobre arte, haga el siguiente test, y luego compruebe sus respuestas leyendo el texto . Si prefier
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Manifestaciones artísticas

Actividad 2

Acaba de ver el tipo de manifestaciones artísticas que les gustan a varias personas. Ahora le pasamos la palabra a dos artistas argentinos para que definan lo que significa el arte para ellos.

1 Escuche las pist
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8.5 Actividad

Actividad 8.4

Vocabulario

en el campo in
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7.1 Introducción

In this session you are going to look at people and places in Barcelona. You will find out how to talk about everyday actions and give directions.

Key learning points

  • Asking for and giving information about places

  • Giving directions


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5.6 Léxico básico

barra (la) bar (counter)
bebida (la) drink
cafetería (la) café
equipo de música (el) hi-fi
mesa (la) table
periódico (el) newspaper
pista de bai
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