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Talk, Thinking and Philosophy in the Primary Classroom by John Smith

Talk, Thinking and Philosophy in the Primary Classroom

Part of the Achieving QTS Cross-Curricular Strand Series Series


Talk, Thinking and Philosophy in the Primary Classroom by John Smith

Talk, thinking and philosophy are crucial components of children's learning. This book is a practical and readable guide to the ways in which teachers can provide children with the opportunities to develop and use these skills to their greatest effect. It begins by asking why talking and thinking should be taught and examines current approaches in this area. It goes on to look at how teachers can develop talking and thinking skills across the six Areas of Learning to help children gain confidence and deepen understanding.


Anybody interested in child development will find this book both informative and interesting. It contains a good range of theory and research (historic and modern) and is also 'grounded
in practice. A very useful addition to Initial Teacher Training reading lists. Lecturer, University of Cumbria

About the Author

John Smith is Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Education where he teaches Mathematics Education and Thinking Skills on ITE and CPD courses. He began his teaching career as a teacher of English and communication skills to adults before moving into primary education. For many years he was a class teacher and subject coordinator in a primary school before becoming a teacher educator. He is a Sapere Philosophy for Children trainer and has also been trained in many of the other approaches described within this book.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st December 2010


John Smith

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Learning Matters Ltd an imprint of SAGE Publications Ltd


128 pages


Primary & middle schools
Teaching skills & techniques



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