Saturday, January 9, 2016

Pedagogy and Space: A Book Review

About The Book:

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. 

About The Author:

Linda M. Zane, EdD, is associate professor of early childhood education at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this position, she was assistant professor at Slippery Rock University and adjunct professor of early childhood education at Duquesne University. Dr. Zane was the director of an accredited early childhood program for ten years before venturing into the world of higher education. She holds an EdD in instructional leadership from Duquesne University. 

My Review:

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!

BUY IT: You can purchase Pedagogy and Space online throughout Redleaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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