Active Learning Within The Early Years Setting Essays

1130 Words Jan 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Practitioners in the Early Years setting must support children as active learners in order for them to develop to their fullest potential. Active learning covers a wide range of aspects, however, it is not possible to cover them all as the subject is very extensive. Nevertheless, the following aspects of active learning will be covered: neuroscience, metacognition, schema development, social cognition, the influences of adult intervention and how children learn through play. As well as exploring the aspects of active learning, this essay will consider the challenges practitioners face when working with children under three years old.

Active learning involves basing all learning around the child in real life or imaginary situations. Children are therefore challenged to think in different ways through spontaneous or planned play. Adults will sensitively intervene to ensure the play is supported and extended where necessary. (Scottish Executive, 2007) According to Wood & Attfield, (2005) there is not an individual theory to define the way in which humans develop and take in information, it can only be explained through multiple perspectives.

Neuroscience is the study of the nerve systems, specifically in the brain. The brain is exceptionally complex and neuroscientists study our brain functions. Over the years, neuroscientists have established an interest in how our brains develop in the early years of our lives. During the early years of life, a child’s brain will…

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